Freedom fighter HS Doreswamy dies


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.

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.


Thelma J. Longworth

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