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Moturi Satyanarayana
1902 - 1995

Early Life:

Moturi Satyanarayana was born on 2nd February 1902 in Andhra Pradesh. After studying English, Hindi, and Telugu from National College, Machilipatnamn he went on to join Dakshina Bharat Hindi Prachar Sabha (founded by Mahatma Gandhi which aimed at popularizing Hindi in South India).

Role in India’s Independence Movement:

He participated in the Quit India movement in 1942.

Contribution to Constitution Making:

Satyanarayana was appointed to the Constituent Assembly from Madras province from Congress Party ticket. In the Constituent Assembly, he argued for making Hindi India’s national language,

Later Contributions:

He was nominated to Rajya Sabha in 1954 and served till 1966 for 2 terms. He served as a member of several cultural, linguistic, educational and cultural institutions including Central Board of Film Sensors, Central Hindi Institute, Agra (1966-79), Central Hindi Shiksha Samiti.


He was an editor of several Hindi magazines including Hindi Pracharak, Hindi Prachar Samachar, Dakshin Bharat.

He worked on The Position and Function of Telugu, a voluminous literature on the Telugu language.

Awards and Recognitions:

The Government of India awarded Satyanarayana Padma Padma Shri in 1958 and Padma Bhushan in 1962 for his contributions to Public Affairs in India.



  1. He argued for making Hindustani as India’s national language.
  2. He advocated for drafting of the Constitution in Indian languages first.