Women Martyrs of The Indian Revolution-Badwel Martyrs

Martyrdom : 10-11-2006

A total of nine comrades were killed in an encounter in the Badwel forests of Kadapa district on November 10, 2006. It was one of the biggest incidents in the ongoing war between the Maoist forces and the AP Police. The Matryrs include AP State Committee member Comrade Raghavulu and four women comrades.


Comrade Daggubati Kalpana (Ramana)

Kalpana popularly known as Comrade Ramana in the backward Palnadu area of Guntur district was killed in an encounter in the Badwel forests of Kadapa district on November 10, 2006. Comrade Raghavulu was her life partner and both of them died in this incident. Comrade Sandhya (Golla Rajyalakshmi), Comrade Parvati (Nagamani), Comrade Sujata (Lalita) were also killed in this incident. Kalpana was born in Pedavadlapudi village of Mangalagiri mandal of Guntur district she came into contact with the women’s organization while she stayed in a hostel in Vijayawada for studies. She gave her 10th standard exams in 1988 and continued to work in the women’s organization. Her father was a CPI leader and her uncle worked in the revolutionary movement. So Kalpana was in touch with left idealogy since her childhood.

As her uncle also worked in the movement, she too decided to work in the party. Her work in the VMS moulded her into a revolutionary. Kalpana married Com. Raghavulu who was working in the party and joined the Bollaplli squad in Guntur district as a member. She changed her name to Ramana there and studied the conditions of the people in that area. She developed into an ACM and commander there. She worked in the Guntur women’s organization too for some days. She then worked as the commander of Veldurthi squad. She participated in all famine raids and militant actions. She played an important role in the raid on Addanki PS. Thus she developed herself in the movement and became a DCM in 2004. Ramana was a very simple woman who was always very humble. She was a person who talked less and worked more.

She had been associated with the Guntur rural movement centred on the backward Palnadu pocket for more than a decade and was as popular as Com. Raghavulu. She developed herself from a squad member to a District Committee member through sheer hard work and dedication. She led the peasantry and wage labourers of that area in many struggles. She also led them in famine raids when the poor peasantry of Palnadu was reeling under famine and drought. As a woman she was conscious of the patriarchal oppression on women and so concentrated on building Viplava Mahila Sangham (VMS) the revolutionary women’s organization of AP wherever she worked. The oppressed women rallied into the women organization under her leadership and Guntur district had always been a place where there were strong VMS units. She was one of the women comrades who ensured this. She fought patriarchal tendencies in the party too.

She had fallen ill many times and was down with the notorious Nallamala malaria a number of times. But she was undaunted in her spirit and carried on her responsibilities with a determined look on her face. She had been shifted to the Rayalaseema organization from Guntur in 2006 and she willingly integrated with the movement there in the name of Chandana. She tried to study the specific problems of that area in order to give better guidance. In her long revolutionary life she had seen many ups and downs inside the party and went through many rough patches of repression, but she never looked back or wavered. Dozens of comrades surrendered to the enemy in front of her eyes but she always believed in the victory of communism. That is what she told her family also when they feared for her life. AP movement had lost many exemplary women leaders to repression especially in the past decade. Com. Ramana was one of those leaders whom we can compare to the bricks which constitute the wall. She is a senior comrade with 18 years of experience. It is a great loss to the AP movement and PLGA to have lost such a dedicated, humble leader. Let us vow to carry forward her lofty aims.


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