Centennial scholar and freedom fighter Sudhakar Chaturvedi dies – the New Indian Express
BENGALURU: Veteran freedom fighter, Vedic scholar and century-old Pundit Sudhakar Chaturvedi, believed to be the oldest Indian, died on Thursday at the age of 123. Chaturvedi lived with his grandchildren in Jayanagar. He breathed his last in his sleep around 3 a.m. on Thursday. Born to the couple Lakshmamma and Krishna Rao, Chaturvedi was originally from Kyatasandra in Tumakuru district. Although his date of birth could not be independently verified, it is said that he was born on April 20, 1897.
Chaturvedi grew up in Bengaluru while his father worked there as an official in the education department of the former state of Mysuru. His father had sent him to Kangadi Gurukul in Haridwar in 1915, where he studied the Vedas. He acquired mastery of the four Vedas and obtained the title of “Chaturvedi”. He also met Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi during those days and this led him to take an active role in the struggle for Indian freedom. It is said that the socialist revolutionary Bhagat Singh was the pupil of Chaturvedi in Lahore.
An eyewitness to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre, Chaturvedi performed the last rites of thousands of Quit India movement activists, who were massacred in Jallianwala Bagh. He was also imprisoned for 12 long years in Yarawada prison in Pune by the British for his involvement in the freedom movement.
He wrote over 50 books in Sanskrit, Kannada, Hindi and English and interpreted the Vedas in 20 volumes. He was closely associated with Arya Samaj. Single, Chaturvedi adopted a Dalit boy and named him Aryamitra. The final rites of the scholar took place in a crematorium in Chamarajpet.
The Chief Minister offers his condolences
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa forgave the disappearance of Pundit Sudhakar Chaturvedi. âA close associate of Mahatma Gandhi, Chaturvedi was an eyewitness to the Jallianwala Bagh massacre. Besides his struggle for freedom, he was a great scholar of the Vedas, âsaid the CM.