Remembering an educationist and a freedom fighter on his birth anniversary. A name that just disappeared in the Indian history but gave us something that we will cherish generation after generation.
This was during the time when people made various so-called National Flag designs and different parties used those flags for the Indian Independence movement way before the time when we achieved Independence in 1947.
As far as I remember, I haven’t read anything about Pingali in my school textbooks. But according to The Hindu, “Pingali Venkayya was an authority in geology, agriculture and also an educationist who set up an educational institution in Machilipatnam. He, however, died in poverty in 1963 and was largely forgotten by the society and by his own party, the Congress.”
A polyglot who was proficient in various languages including English and Urdu, he was also popularly nicknamed ‘Diamond Venkayya’, as he was an expert in diamond mining. Some even called him ‘Patti Venkayya’ (Cotton Venkayya), because he dedicated most of his time researching staple varieties of cotton and did a detailed study on a variety called Cambodia Cotton.