M. V. Rama Rao was born on 24 August 1907 at Tumkur, Mysore. He obtained a law degree from Government Law College, Bombay and enrolled as a lawyer at the Mysore High Court in 1934.
Role in India’s Independence Movement
Rao was a Congress Party member. However, not much is known about Rao’s role in the Indian freedom movement except that he took part in the Non-cooperation movement between 1942-44 and was imprisoned in 1942, 1943 and 1947.
In 1945, the became a member of the Mysore Representative Assembly.
Contribution to Constitution Making
Rao had an active political career post-independence. He was a part of the Provisional Parliament in 1950, and was later elected to the Mysore State Assembly in 1952. Rao was the General Secretary of the Mysore Congress from 1955-56.
He served as the Home Minister of the new State of Mysore from 1956-57. He was elected to the Legislative Council in 1960, from the Mysore South Graduates Constituency. He also served as the Minister of Law and as the Minister for Home. Subsequently, he was re-elected to the Mysore Legislative Council in 1966.
During his free time, Rao enjoyed listening to Indian classical music.