Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Profile, Photo Gallery, Audio & Video

Dr. Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, popularly known as YSR, is an astute politician and a charismatic mass leader who has carved for himself a niche in State politics by his exemplary devotion and dedication to the uplift of the downtrodden and neglected segments of society. Born on July 8, 1949, in Pulivendula in the backward Rayalaseema region, YSR has always struggled to secure the rights of the poor and the underprivileged.

Son of late Sri YS Raja Reddy, a dynamic leader in his heyday, Rajasekhara Reddy evinced interest in politics right from his student days. While studying in M R Medical College, Gulbarga, Karnataka, he served as President of the Students union. He was elected leader of the House Surgeon’s Association in S V Medical College, Tirupati.

After completing MBBS, he served as Medical Officer at the Jammalamadugu Mission Hospital for a brief period. In 1973, he established a 70-bed charitable hospital, named after his father late YS Raja Reddy at Pulivendula. His family established one polytechnic and one degree college in Pulivendula, which were later handed over to the well-known Loyola group of institutions.

Rajasekhara Reddy’s sound business acumen, entrepreneurial skills, and, above all, his transparency brought him laurels in the business arena. On the flip side, his success also brought him many adversaries, political and otherwise, who were desperately looking for a shred of evidence to prove umpteen charges against him. In the end, their mud-slinging did not yield a single point that could paint the mass leader in bad light. In fact, his detractors became red-faced, as they had to swallow their words.

Groomed by a family deeply involved in public service, YSR entered active politics in 1978 and contested elections, four times to enter the State Legislative Assembly and an equal number of times to enter the Lower House of Parliament. A winner in all that he does, YSR won all the elections he contested. Even today his admirers exclaim: “He (YSR) defeats defeat.”

During his 25-year-long political career, YSR has served the people in multiple capacities, both in Government as well as in Party. He was President of the Andhra Pradesh Congress Committee (APCC) twice – 1983-1985 and 1998-2000. During 1980-1983, he was a minister holding important portfolios related to Rural Development, Medical & Health and Education etc. From 1999 to 2004 he was the Leader of Opposition in the eleventh state assembly.

As a champion of the masses, his stentorian voice in the assembly, raised particularly during debates that sought to lend voice to the voiceless millions, forced the Government to retrace several anti-people steps it contemplated. YSR has been instrumental in orchestrating several mass struggles, while highlighting issues facing peasants, weavers, Dalits, youth and women. His relentless fight for clearance of pending irrigation projects, particularly in the backward Rayalaseema region, has earned for him a special place in the hearts of millions of farmers. His unremitting struggle against certain anti-people economic measures that were sought to be introduced in the name of “reforms”, including the frequent increases in power tariff and indiscriminate privatization of public sector units, exalted him far above the street smart politicians.

Even as a novice in the legislature, YSR rallied all the Congress MLAs from the Rayalaseema region and led an indefinite hunger strike demanding solution to the water crisis. He also led a Paadayaatra from Lepakshi to Pothireddipadu in Kurnool district. The 14-day hunger strike of legislators under his leadership in August 2000 to register protest against the hike in power charges is still fresh in the memory of people. By systematically exposing the misdeeds of the then Government, both inside and outside the Assembly, YSR was playing his political role to the hilt.

During mid-summer in 2003, he led an unprecedented 1400 Km long Paadayaatra covering all backward areas in the state to understand the ground realities of living conditions of the people there.

Now, as Chief Minister, the crowning glory of this studded political career, he can proudly claim to be the quintessence of a politician who, with vision focused on the coming generations as well, has earned the title of a statesman. Amidst a bewildering number of turncoats among politicians, who thrive in “shifting loyalties”, YSR stands out as a sterling example of the old guard in pristine Indian politics.

This explains why he has never turned his back on the Congress party, which nurtured his political moorings. The lure of power and pelf could not divert him, when the party was briefly out of power, from his mission to hold the reins of power as a trusted lieutenant of the Congress and, more importantly, as a darling of the masses. Sworn in as Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh on 14.05.2004.

YSR’s Personality

A modest Personality:

Dr.Reddy,unlike most politicians, reflects the spirit of a true Indian who walks his talk.While his thought is dressed with all that is modern and ennobling, Dr.Reddy’s person is invariably clothed in traditional costumes that include dhoti and a shirt made of handloom cloth.In all of his public and private conversations, he speaks from the core of his heart. Naturally, he hates hypocrisy.

As a demanding Chief Minister, YSR expects bureaucrats to do their job meticulously, and present before him only facts that are shorn of all publicity-oriented and manipulative figures. He does not tolerate hype and extravaganza in communicating official messages. He wants incontrovertible facts stated in a simple language that is intelligible even to the unlettered, because taking administration to the people is an article of faith for him.

His Philosophy of Life:

Dr. Rajasekhara Reddy strongly believes that the human life is a boon provided by the Almighty to share one’s blessings with others, while serving less privileged human beings.

“Don’t count the years you want to live. Ask yourself how much you have done for society at large with whatever opportunities the Almighty has provided you”, is Dr. Reddy’s word of advice for those who have excuses for not doing even what is within their means.

It is this humane principle that prompted him to take pioneering steps to ensure delivery of social security pensions to the needy in the first week of every month.

His stature:

Though measuring 5’7″, Reddy looks majestically simple in his appearance with an ever-smiling genial countenance. This in fact overshadows his unfailing willpower to achieve his targets with the resilience and tenacity of a spider.

When YSR undertook his unprecedented 1500-KM-long Padayaatra (march on foot) in scorching sun during summer in 2003,covering backward areas of the state in particular, few people could discern the underlying motive: knowing first-hand the real problems of the people in their own language and their doorstep.

His Mission:

As around 75% of the population in India depend upon agriculture for livelihood, most administrative efforts should be focused on the rural economy, he believes.

Citing renowned economists, Dr. Reddy regrets that neglect of the agriculture and irrigation sectors in recent years have become the bane rural economy. As a proactive Chief Minister, he embarked upon a massive programme of executing 26 major irrigation projects to create 65 lakh acres of new ayacut.

His Motto:

Dr. Reddy’s motto is that the ultimate objective of any program executed under a democratic set-up should be prompt and dependable delivery of sevices to the common man.

With this as the guiding principle, YSR has advised bureaucrats at all levels to help revive the functioning of the administrative system at all levels without habitually looking for autocratic ‘diktats’. ‘Decentralization of administrative power within the guidelines of the policy framed by the government reflects the true spirit of democratic governance”, Dr. Reddy argues.

His strength:

Dr Reddy’s strength lies in his stature as a mass leader since his advent in politics. Whether in or out of power, he has always championed the cause of the common man. This has endeared him to all segments of the Congress party as well.

Even after becoming the Chief Minister in May 2004, Dr Reddy makes it a point to address all the problems that are brought before him directly by people, cutting through bureaucratic hurdles, every day.

If any scheme or programme under formulation is placed before him for approval, its outcome is a foregone conclusion that is dependent on Dr. Reddy’s invariable query: “How best will it benefit the people at large or ensure good governance?”

His ‘pastime’:

A curious ‘pastime’ of Dr Reddy is to feel the pulse of people in rural areas on Sundays through the Rajiv Palle Batta.

The Rajiv Palle Baata is a novel mass contact programme under which the Chief Minister reaches out to even unmotorable areas in the rural areas for personally collecting feedback on the implementation of various programmes. This programme has become extremely popular, because it highlights not what the Chief Minister does in the glare of official publicity, but what his officials may not have done in the people’s own words.

In view of the rational changes brought about in administrative matters following the success of Rajiv Palle Baata, the Chief Minister now extended the programme to urban areas through Rajiv Nagara Baata.

His Approach:

The Chief Minister’s emphasis on development of the rural economy does not presuppose a blinkered approach towards new and emerging technologies.

Dr.Reddy is committed to a balanced approach towards giving thrust to information technology, bio-technology and all sectors that enhance industrial and agricultural production. His watchword is total transparency in all transactions and deals that envisage public-private partnerships or involve private investments. Because, YSR believes he is simply a custodian of people’s trust that is invaluable.

It is not a coincidence that he loves the company of children and often “gets lost” in their World that is founded on trust of the highest order.

Profile Credits Andhra Pradesh Government Website

September 2 2009: Now he is no more and we at DC Tributes to The Dynamic Leader Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy

Photo Gallery:

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YSR as a College Student in Bellary

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YSR with his Spouse Vijaya Lakshmi

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On his day of Marriage, with spouse Vijaya Lakshmi

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YSR with YS Jagan (in his childhood)

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YSR at the Birthday Celebrations of his son YS Jagan Mohan Reddy

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YSR with his spouse Vijaya Lakshmi and daughter Sharmila

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YSR with his spouse Vijaya Lakshmi and daughter Sharmila

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YSR with his Family

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YSR with his Parents & Family

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YSR with Ravi Shankar (Art of Living)

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YSR with Church Father

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YSR with Rahul Gandhi

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YSR signing on the File of ‘Free Electricity to the Farmers of Andhra Pradesh”

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YSR with Swami Agnivesh

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YSR with YS Jagan Mohan Family and Grandchildren

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YSR with Indira Gandhi

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YSR with Rajiv Gandhi

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YSR with Sonia Gandhi

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YSR with his Best Friend KVP Rama Chandra Rao

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YSR with Sabitha Indra Reddy

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YSR with his ‘Shadow’ (Loyal Personal Assistant) Sureedu aka Surya Narayana Reddy

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YSR with his Better Half Vijaya Lakshmi

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YSR with his Family and Grandchildren

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‘Happy Days’ with his Spouse Vijaya Lakshmi

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YSR Signature

Image Source: Scanned from Sakshi Daily News Paper



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YSR Tribute Audio in Mp3 Format [Download]
Audio Credits: Written by Sira Sri – Composed by Flute Nagaraj – Sung by Mani Nagaraj


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YSR’s Voice at the swearing-in ceremony as a Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh in Mp3 Format [Download]


Akkineni Nagarjuna, Ghattamaneni Krishna and Vijaya Nirmala about YS Rajasekhara Reddy’s Greatness

YSR remembers his College Days

Super Star Krishna and Vijaya Nirmal about YSR’s Rajiv Arogya Sri Scheme

Nagarjuna and Vijaya Nirmala’s Condolences to YSR with Broken Heart

YSR’s Last Appearance to Media before Helicopter Crash on September 2 2009

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48 thoughts on “Dr YS Rajasekhara Reddy Profile, Photo Gallery, Audio & Video

  1. Sir,

    It is a nice writeup. I loved to listen and download the audio Rajasaaniki Neevu Nilayam.. —- a poignant,excellent and befitting tribute to a ‘never again & never before people’s leader’. Composed by Written by Sira Sri – Composed by Flute Nagaraj – Sung by Mani Nagaraj.

    Could you please restore the download link or mail me the link.

    I want to preserve this audio as a lingering memory of my leader.

    Thank you

  2. yes first my tribute to our dyanmic leader in our country especially in my state yes he did good for farmers and sc st people in our state then actually he is good person so god took him in His heaven we all are miss you sir he showed path to farmers in our state we miss u sir

  3. We really miss Mr YSR legend in AP politics who made AP as developing state. This is unfourtunate of AP public as well as congress governament in state and central. He never givenup hopes for any difficulties in personnel life and in political life also.I selute to my beloved leader.

  4. I am fan of YSR and congress. My daughteris going to join in B.Tech I year this year [2009-10]. Since I have below 1 lack rupees income per year, my daughter has to exempted from tuition fee. But now HITS college management is asking to pay tuition fee. Really we miss a dynamic leader

  5. Dear Friend,

    I am happy to express my sincere thanks to you, for doing this Job. Im proud & really inspired the message you displayed.

    One suggestion from my side please update more audio songs relating to Sri.Dr.Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy garu & about his family members. if you can give me ur mail i would send u more photos & other relating to our beloved Reddy garu.

    We r really unlucky fellows in missing him.. but god has given us a chance to see YSR in his son Y.S.Jagan anna.

    We want Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy as Chief Minister.

  6. we want Y.S.JAGAN as our C.M why because he only suitable for that post to achieve our Y.S.R’S project dreams…………………………….

  7. “the god of andhra mr.ys rajasekhara reddy passed away” this line hurted me a lot like never before.because he is not only god for his fans but also to every one in andhra pradesh.we know everyone in andhra pradesh are benefited from his welfare programmes. his appearance is so dignified and it is so touching for the farmers of andhra pradesh.
    i dont think a person like him willnot born again.
    “jai ho ysr”

  8. I do agree that he is a great mass leader but he is not a ultimate leader in India or AP. Our country has seen many leaders and let us pay tributes in a dignified way. Regarding Jagan becoming CM – it is too early to demand like this. This is creating lot of disturbance and spoiling the sympathy created after the tragic death of YSR. Let him grow and let him have patience. Let him get inspiration from Mr.Raghul Gandhi. Everybody please note that -after YSR ‘s death CONGRESS party is still ruling the state. Do you think that the present CM Mr. Rosaiah or any other leader has got any guts to cancell/ change the YSR policies like ‘Arogyasri, 2/- kilo rice, indiramma illu or Jalayagnam projects. Let us allow or remind our ministers to work for people. Enough is enough, let them go to secretariat and join the duty of serving the people.

  9. ap has no king
    ap king is ysr he is nomore
    people have no god
    ysr is no more
    ap state became orphan
    ysr is no more
    only sorrow &worry present on faces of old people
    because ysr is no more
    he gave confidence to old and give support to them as elder son
    but today he is more so thier faces and heart filled with
    the sun of ap sets
    only darkness is present in ap
    i think every one knows the imp of sun of ap the ysr
    except congress men
    ysr the name itself give us strengh to withstand in the
    tsunami of sorrow that ysr no more

  10. i am very gladful to u for providing this info about YSR REDDY i am very very big fan for him i cant imagine assembly with out the great person YSR REDDY

  11. He and his father killed so many people in Cuddapah. Karma always haunted him. Chesina papaniki anubhavinchali. His death is example to all the factionists.

  12. Success is a habit for those
    Who lead a quality life
    It’s matter of luck only for those
    Who don’t believe themselves.


  13. YSR is the great leader of the state. we miss a backbone of the politics. amar rahe YSR. jai hind

  14. he was a real star and he was a god leaded person. the way ruled the state is unforgettable and see how we are suffering.we love u YSR may ur soul rest in peace and hope i will see u in our father’s kingdom.


  16. We miss u YSR. Nobody can fulfill your position in history of politics. Still my eyes tears when i remember u. Still i feel you are with us. You are in the hearts of us.

  17. Im a very big fan of YSR… he is the only king in AP as well as in congress party.. No one can replace the great loss..He is the real hero of our state..no one can compare with him..He is a great legend of our country..Every politician should take his life as an inspiration..
    He will be always in our hearts..

  18. I am a fan of YSR, unfortunately he was no more in between us and every small man to large man will remember him till their last breath because of his plans and implementations to the poor and downtrodden people of Andhra Pradesh. His services are 100% to the people of Andhra Pradesh from the date when he sworn as Chief Minister he has implemented the agenda which was placed before elections and for that only he worked for the public of Andhra Pradesh and he will be in the hearts of millions of Andhra Pradesh people. We missed a great legend, kind hearted and future looking person and whenever I got some time I used to see the Saakshi TV and my eyes full with tears for our beloved Late Yeduguri Sandinti Rajasekhara Reddy, Chief Minister. After death of Late Sri Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy my hope is totally on his son i.e., Sri Y.S.Jagan Mohan Reddy because he has the same blood and he is a capable person and moreover he has some guidelines which his late father shown him and now he is doing the same with the poor people and consulting them with his full heart. This was appreciable and my hearty welcome and salute to him.

  19. We miss u YSR. Nobody can fulfill your position in history of politics. Still my eyes tears when i remember u. Still i feel you are with us. You are in the hearts of us.

  20. YSR’s vision was to solve the problems faced by the people of AP state like starvation deaths, suicide, education, and also aimed to bring the IT progress.

    It is most unfortunate his death came too early.

    Mr. Rosiah CM is unable to manage the state affairs and it is in shambles each MLA his boss.

    We at Defence Colony are facing a problem. There is an open ground inside the colony and the Malkajgiri had sanctioned a park to be built.

    The outer wall was built more than 9 months ago but the work of building the park is still not started.

    Planting of trees should be done in the rainy season.

    This open is used by anti-social elements for drinking and playing music using loud speakers throughout the night.

    Although the police station is within a stone’e throw no one is dare enough to stop this nuisance.

    We have requested the concerned authorities to name as YSR’s Children’s park and complete the park early so that these anti-social and rowdies problems will be solved.

    The children and family members can relax in the park and thank YSR for his accomplishments.

  21. try to understand the odarpu yatra this only the jagan anna personal yatra by the promise at pavuralagutta

    pls dont issue politics

  22. We miss u YSR. Nobody can fulfill your position in history of politics. Still my eyes tears when i remember u. Still i feel you are with us. You are in the hearts of us.

  23. Yes, we miss a dynamic & real hero of our state…….

    I think that position is fulfilled with YS Jagan

  24. we want YSR but we cant get him back, so so in the absence of YSR we need, we want YS Jagan. The only one person will justify the AP people.

  25. He is the man of courage. We miss you. We can’t get back you. We can see u in Y Jagan Mohan Reddy.

  26. We miss u YSR. Nobody can fulfill your position in history of politics. Still my eyes tears when i remember u. Still i feel you are with us. You are in the hearts of us.

  27. SIR, without your presence the state of Andhra Pradesh became dark and the hearts of poor filled with sorrow. Everybody experiences the pain that, loss of a great leader. I don’t know how much you gain financially in politics. But you gained millions of hearts and nobody can compete you until the earth is end. I think you are in the presence of God. We live with the sweet memories of your dynamic leadership.

  28. SIR,
    without your presence the state of Andhra Pradesh became dark and the hearts of poor filled with sorrow. Everybody experiences the pain that, loss of a great leader. I don’t know how much you gain financially in politics. But you gained millions of hearts and nobody can compete you until the earth is end. I think you are in the presence of God. Now every one has attacked on jagan pls save him and smash them.

  29. Hi,

    I am very big fan of Dr. Y.S. Raja Sekhar Reddy. I believe that So far no such a CM in AP. Realy unbelievable. The Greate Greate Y.S.R. Amaging Such a kind of greate leader in India. God has given us greate leader in the form of Y.S.R. Realy Indian “Rock”.

    Ofcourse Now Y.S.Jagan Mohan reddy also a very very big big leader in AP no doubbt about that.

    I believe that christian CM in AP is Y.S.R. Christians realy prod of Y.S.R and Jagan Mohan Reddy.

    Vijay Kumar,

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