HS Doreswamy, a century-old freedom fighter, activist and Karnataka free speech spokesperson, died in Bengaluru on Wednesday. He was 104 years old.
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He breathed his last at Jayadeva Hospital in Bengaluru. He had recently recovered from COVID-19.
Born April 10, 1918 in Harohalli near Bengaluru, he joined the struggle for freedom at a young age. While his initial involvement in the freedom movement was radical in nature, he later came under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi. He organized protests and strikes in the former kingdom of Mysore against British rule and participated in the Quit India movement. He was imprisoned for 14 months in 1943-1944.
Freedom fighter HS Doreswamy died in Bengaluru on May 26, 2021. He was 104 years old.
Freedom fighter HS Doreswamy was beaten up at his home after being evacuated from hospital on May 19, 2021. Gandhian, 104, recently recovered from COVID-19.
On the last day of 2009, HS Doreswamy is seen alone waiting for the bus. It took more than a quarter of an hour of waiting for this veteran before he boarded a vehicle at a bus stop in Jayanagar.
HS Doreswamy, with his wife Lalithamma, congratulated during the celebration of his centenary, at the Jnana Jyothi auditorium, in Bangalore, on April 9, 2018.
Freedom fighter HS Doreswamy addressing the farmers’ protest at Freedom Park in Bengaluru on January 26, 2021. It was one of his last appearances at a protest site.
Freedom fighter Doreswamy and former Minister BT Lalita Nayak along with other activists staged a protest against BBMP for throwing trash at Mandur in Bengaluru on June 16, 2014. Photo:
HS Doreswamy and activist Dr. Sudershan in solidarity with anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare’s satyagraha for Lokpal Bill, in Bengaluru on August 18, 2011.
HS Doreswamy with historian Ramachandra Guha and activist Tara Krishnamurthy during a protest against CAA and NRC at Freedom Park on February 7, 2020.
HS Doreswamy shows his inked finger after voting in the Karnataka Assembly elections in the Jayanagar Assembly constituency in Bengaluru on June 11, 2018.
HS Doreswamy, Prasanna, Vijayamma, along with writers and artists, fundraising for “Literary Meet For Tolerance” to be held on September 2, 2018, at Gandhi Statue on MG Road, Bengaluru on August 28, 2018.
Freedom fighter HSDoreswamy (left) with then-editor The Hindu N. Ram at Ambedkar Bhavan, the location of The Hindu’s 125th anniversary in Bangalore on November 8, 2003.
HS Doreswami is sworn in at the World March of the Blind organized by Project Vision at St John’s College Koramangala in Bengaluru on October 13, 2016.
HS Doreswamy and Dalit rights activist and Gujarat MP Jignesh Mevani during the “Save the Constitution” – Sankalpa Samavesha campaign at Freedom Park, Bangalore, April 29, 2018.
One of his important contributions was the management of a newspaper called “Paura Vani”, which expressed the aspirations of an independent India.
Not a man known to rest on his past laurels, he remained a committed activist to the end and a vehement voice against any effort to suppress free speech. He was systematically against the communitarization of politics. One of his last campaigns was against the CAA and the controversial Farmers Bill.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa offered his condolences on Doreswamy’s death and described him as “a man who lived his life as the conscience of Karnataka”.
The government of Karnataka has announced that his cremation will be carried out with state honors.