Putchalapalli Sundarayya  -  An Autobiography

Putchalapalli Sundarayya - An Autobiography

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Author: Putchalapalli Sundarayya
Translator(s)/ Editors(s): Atlury Murali
Publisher: National Book Trust
Year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 432
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788123755427


Born in 1913, Putchalapalli Sundarayya become popular as the leader of peasant revolt in the Nizam of Hyderabad State referred to as the, Telangana Rebellion. At the age of 17, he Joined Gandhi’s Non-cooperation Movement and when jailed he made initial contacts with the Communists.

Mentored by Amir Hyder Khan he came into contact with leaders like sajjad Zaheer, E.M.S. Namboodiripad, Dinkar Mehta, P. Krishna Pillai, P.C. Joshi, Soli Batliwala and others. He become one of the founding members of the Communist Patty of India and later the Communist Party of India (Marxist). In 1952, he was elected as a member of the Rajya Sobha and become the leader of the Communist group in the Parliament.

This autobiography is an abridged version of the longer manuscript which has been edited by Atlury Murali. It gives an invaluable insight into the person and the circumstances that moulded the man enabling him to achieve recognition as the leader of agricultural labourers. The devotion and sincerity he exhibited endeared him to one and all as ‘Communist Gandhi’


Atlury Murali did his Ph.D. in History from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and moved to pursue a career in teaching. He is working as Professor, Department of History, University of Hyderabad. At present he is the General Editor of the series on ‘Culture and Environment of South Asia’ and the ‘Concise Histories of Modern Indian States’, published by the Cambridge University Press of India, Delhi.


1. Childhood
2. Education in Street School
3. My Village
4. Studies in Tiruvallur
5. In Rajahmundry
6. Education in Madras
7. As a Satyagrahi
8. Jail Life
9. Again in Bangalore
10. Return to Home and Activities in my Village
11. Joining the Communist Party of India
12. Formation of CPI in Andhra
13. Dutt-Bradley Thesis and the United National Front
14. My Role in Strengthening CPI in Andhra
15. Activities during the Second World War
16. My Marriage with Leila
17. Beginning of Telangana Struggle
18. Police Action and Continuation of Stuggle
19. Inner Party Discussions: Ranadive’s Formulations
20. Visit to Squads to Explain Changed Situation
21. Electoral Victories of CPI in 1952
22. Telangana Struggle: Experiences and Lessons
23. Underground Party Apparatus and Colleagues
24. Meetings with Armed Squads: Explaining Withdrawal of Struggle
25. Inner Party Discussions and Differences on Various Issues
26. Establishment of Party Center and My Role in Parliament
27. Andhra Elections in 1995 and After
28. As a Member of Andhra State Assembly
29. Emergence of Marxist Party
30. Government Repression and False Propaganda on CPI (M)
31. Treatment in Moscow
32. 1967 Elections
33. Naxalite Split
34. Retraspect : Relations with the Cadre is Most Important