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Happy Independence Day! Here Are 7 Unsung Freedom Fighters From Karnataka

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India is celebrating its 77th Independence Day today. And several freedom fighters have laid down their lives to bring independence to the country. However, do you know any freedom fighters from Karnataka? Well, here are seven freedom fighters from Karnataka who gave their all to gain independence from the British!

  • Karnad Sadashiv Rao

In 1911, he participated in social activities aimed at advancing women as a young lawyer. He founded the Mahila Sabha with his wife, Shantabai, to encourage women to leave their homes.

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Karnad Sadashiva Rao
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Additionally, he was among the first Karnataka volunteers to join Gandhi’s Satyagraha movement. He became one of the Congress Party’s most influential members due to his contribution to the party’s expansion in Karnataka. He spearheaded the Non-Cooperation Movement in South Kanara District. Sadashiva Rao was a potential contender for the 1937 provincial elections.

  • Kamala Devi Chattopadhaya

Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was an Indian social reformer and freedom fighter.  She was most known for her involvement in the Indian independence movement, her role in the revival of Indian handicrafts, handlooms, and theatre in independent India, and her pioneering work to improve the socioeconomic status of Indian women.

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Kamala Devi Chattopadhyay
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Kamala Devi was a prominent figure in India’s struggle for independence and supported the Indian Renaissance. She rose to prominence as a women’s and youth section organiser for Gandhi’s Congress, recruiting volunteers for Satyagrahas nationwide.

  • Umabai Kundapur

Umabai was a brave woman freedom fighter from Karnataka who voluntarily gave her life in sacrifice for the Swadeshi movement and Satyagraha. At that time, many Quit India movement underground workers visited her Hubli home and requested food and assistance with their bills. Umabai risked her life by assisting everyone while hiding behind the curtain.

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Umabai Kundapur
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  • Nittur Srinivasa Rau

A Gandhi devotee who took part in the struggle for Indian independence as a freedom fighter. In addition to serving as Chief Justice of the High Court of Mysore State (now Karnataka), he was the country’s first chairman of the Central Vigilance Commission. He was chosen as the acting governor of the state of Mysore and was the first to translate Mahatma Gandhi’s autobiography into Kannada.

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Nitur Srinivasa Rau
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  • Sangoli Rayanna

Indian rebel, military leader (Shetsanadi), and combatant in the Kittur princely kingdom in the nineteenth-century Indian state of Karnataka. Sangolli Rayanna, a participant in the 1824 revolt, was captured by the British and later freed.

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Sangoli Rayanna
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He persisted in his fight against the British and attempted to install Shivalingappa, the son of Rani Chennamma and King Mallasarja, who was adopted, as the ruler of Kittur. He organised the people and engaged the British in guerilla warfare.

  • Kittur Rani Chennamma – The Queen of Kittur

The Queen of Kittur, a historic princely state in present-day Karnataka. She organised a military uprising against the British East India Company in 1824 to cling to her realm, breaking the Paramountcy. She overthrew the Company in the first uprising, but in the second, she died as a prisoner of war.

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Kittur Rani Cheammma
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She was one of the first few women freedom fighters in Karnataka to lead rebel forces against British colonial rule, and she continues to be revered as a folk hero in the state and an important figure in the Indian independence movement.

  • Bellari Siddamma

Bellari Siddamma was born in 1903 to a traditional family in the Dundasi Village of the present-day Haveri District. Her father was an ardent freedom fighter. He used to bring magazines and newspapers for Siddamma.

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Bellari Siddamma
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She participated in the “Mysuru Chalo” or “Aranmane Sathyagraha,” the Aranya Sathyagraha in Chitradurga state in 1939, and the Quit India Movement. The Aranya Satyagraha, or Forest Satyagraha, was organised in opposition to forest laws. People engaged in civil disobedience by grazing cattle in the woodlands and cutting down precious trees.

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She was a strong leader and an important character in the state’s history due to her connections to significant independence fighters, such as Sardar Veeranagouda Patil, S. Nijalingappa, and T. Siddalingaiah.


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