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Freedom fighter HS Doreswamy passes away at 104

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, former PM HD Deve Gowda, former CMs Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy condole the demise of eminent Gandhian HS Doreswamy

Prime News, National, Karnataka, Health, Bengaluru, May 26:- Freedom fighter and eminent Gandhian Harohalli Srinivasaiah Doreswamy who won the COVID-19 battle last week, passed away due to cardiac arrest at Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, a government-owned autonomous hospital in Bengaluru on Wednesday (May 26) at 1.30 pm. He was 104.

Dr CN Manjunath, the cardiologist at Jayadeva Hospital said, “He had heart failure and a cardiac arrest and
passed away today (Wednesday) around 1.30 pm.”

The doctor said that he had a pre-existing valvular heart disease for the last 10 years and that he was admitted to Jayadeva Hospital multiple times in this period. He tested positive for the novel coronavirus earlier this month. “This could be a precipitating factor since he tested positive and was hospitalised till May 12. He was readmitted to the hospital on May 14,” Dr Manjunath added.

Born on April 10, 1918, Doreswamy was brought up by his grandfather, after his parents passed away at the age of five. He joined the freedom struggle at a young age, from planting small scale time bombs in post boxes and in the record rooms of British government officials to burn documents, to organising protests and general strikes in the State of Mysore against the British rule and actively participated in the freedom struggle including the ‘Quit India’ movement. He was jailed for 14 months from 1943 to 1944. The Gandhian had also participated in the ‘Mysore Chalo’ movement to compel the Mysore Maharaja to accede to the Indian state post-Independence.

A bachelor of science from the Central College in Bengaluru, he was into the teaching profession and tried his hand at journalism. He also ran the publication house of Sahitya Mandira and the Indian nationalist newspaper ‘Pauravani’ during the British Raj and the period afterwards.

Post-Independence, in the 1950s, Doreswamy became a part of the Bhoodan movement and also began to fight for the unification of Karnataka. He was actively involved in the Jayaprakash Narayan movement against the Emergency. During the 1980s, he fought for the rights of farmers and other marginalised communities. He was
also part of the India Against Corruption movement.

Age did not diminish Doreswamy’s spirit, as he stayed active until his final days. He took part in various agitations until the COVID-19 pandemic broke out. In February 2020, at the age of 102, Doreswamy sat on a five-day protest in Bengaluru against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

He was jailed for four months during Emergency after he sent a letter to the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi threatening to launch an agitation against her.

The freedom fighter had taken up the battle against the mining mafia in Karnataka till he ended their dominance. He had taken up the struggle to rid the government land in the clutches of land-grabbers.

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) supremo H D Deve Gowda, former Chief Ministers Siddaramaiah, HD Kumaraswamy and several other ministers and political leaders have condoled the demise of Doreswamy.

Condoling his death, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said, “Centenarian H S Doreswamy was a multi-faceted personality, who had led a complete life right from the freedom struggle to various pro-people agitation till recently.”

Calling him a follower of Mahatma Gandhi, Yediyurappa recalled his contribution for the unification of Karnataka post-independence.

Mourning his death, former Prime Minister H D Deve Gowda recalled that he knew him for his agitation against the Bengaluru-Mysuru Infrastructure Corridor project.

Expressing his grief, former Chief Minister and Congress stalwart Siddaramaiah tweeted, ” Deeply shocked to know the passing away of senior freedom fighter & centenarian Shri. H S Doreswamy. He was like my family member & his death has disturbed me. My condolences to all his family members, friends & well-wishers.”

Former Chief Minister and JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy tweeted, “I am deeply saddened by the death of the centenary and freedom fighter Doreswamy.”

Many ministers and senior Congress and the BJP leaders expressed their sorrow over the demise of Doreswamy. (Inputs: Agencies, MR, NGB, NAV)

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