and the Government machinery goes overboard in “tomtomming” its achievements,
there are scores of monuments and areas that saw a vital role in the freedom
movement of the country. Almost all these places and areas have either been
forgotten or they have been given short shrift by the powers that be. Independence
Let us begin this post with
The dry tank bed of Subbarayana Kere was the hotbed of the freedom movement and the Anantalaya founded by Venkatakrishnaiah was where a host of freedom fighters met regularly to chalk out their course of action. Another area in
which remind us of the freedom
movement is the Mysore Ramaswamy Circle.
If it is at Subbarayanakere that the tricolour was first hoisted after
it is at Independence Ramaswamy Circle
that the Mysore Chalo agitation commenced. Very few today know that its is the
Mysore Chalo movement, led by several freedom fighters that forced the then
Maharaja, Jayacharamaraja Wodeyar, to step down and to install a popular people’s
Government led by K. C Reddy.
India celebrated on August 15, 1947, Mysoreans
had to wait a little while longer for the freedom to dawn. When there was no
sign of the Wodeyar handing over power to the people, several freedom fighters
got together and decided to launch an agitation. Independence
The Congress then asked the people to assemble at the present
Circle so that it could launch a movement to force
the Maharaja to transfer power to them. Thousands of people gathered from all over
the state and the police fired on the people.
A student of
, Ramaswamy, was killed,
while another boy, Chandrashekar, managed to climb atop the Maharaja's Palace
and hoist the National Flag. Hardwick High School
Ramaswamy, a resident of Subbarayanakere, was going home when he was killed. The other two killed were Tooranayak and Ranga. A few days later, there was police firing near Devaraja Market, but thankfully there was no casualties.
The firing was the beginning of the end of the Maharaja’s rule and a popular Government was installed on October 24, 1947. K.C. Reddy was the first Chief Minister of
and he continued till March 30, 1952 Mysore State
Today, the erstwhile five-light junction is better known as
Circle. A memorial was built here in the 1950s by
the Mysore City Corporation.