"It is an inspiration for the younger generation to learn about Sardar Gouthu Latchanna's dedication and selfless service to the nation." -- In the words of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Former Prime Minister of India, New Delhi, August 8, 1998.
"Latchanna is essentially a humanist and spokesman of the suffering humanity of India. He is not only a champion of humanism in theory, on platform and in the press, but also a tireless and sincere practitioner of humanism". -- In the words of Prof. N. G. Ranga.
"Sardar Gouthu Latchanna is a revered freedom fighter. His life of self-abnegation and service for the down-trodden is a model for all of us, and in particular the youth to draw inspiration and to emulate". -- In the words of P. V. Narasimha Rao, Former Prime Minister of India, New Delhi, 1992.
He died at the age of 98 in Visakhapatnam on April 19,2006 and is survived by son Shyama Sunder Sivaji, who is MLA from Sompeta, and two daughters Jhansi and Sushila.
He was the leader of masses and social reformer. Till Independence, he fought againt british. After the end of British Raj, it was on political and social fronts for the sake of farmers,laborers,and the working class. He founded Indian National Trade Union Congress(INTUC), a trade union to represent the industrial class as a founding president. He was instrumental in bringing down the government of Prakasham Panthulu on the issues of prohibition.
He was first elected to Assembly in 1948 from Visakhapatnam on labour ticket and served as Minister for Agriculture and Labour. He left Congress party in 1951 and was arrested during emergency in 1975 imposed by then prime minister Smt. Indira Gandhi. He later joined Lok Dal party and then to Janata Dal party under the leadership of former prime ministers Charan Singh and Vishwanath Pratap Singh respectively.