Ramoji Rao: The individual who served as a mediator between politics and business

He was full of ideas and attained the pinnacle of his reputation and influence well before the age of fifty. He passed away just a few months before that.

Today, at the age of 88, Padma Vibhushan Cherukuri Ramoji Rao passed away. In addition to founding and operating a highly successful chit fund business, selling bottled pickles and founding a hospitality group, he started as a small-time exporter of Indian goods to the Soviet Union, launched Telugu and English newspapers that ruled over undivided Andhra Pradesh for several decades, produced numerous low-budget, critically acclaimed films, and was a major driving force behind the rise and expansion of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).