H S Doreswamy, a freedom warrior who had recently recovered from Covid-19, died of cardiac arrest in a Bengaluru hospital on Wednesday afternoon.
Gandhian, who is 103 years old, was recently admitted to Bengaluru’s Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research due to post-Covid problems. Harohalli Srinivasaiah Doreswamy, who was born in Bengaluru on April 10, 1918, is most known for his involvement in the Quit India campaign and Vinoba Bhave’s Bhoodan movement. He was also a well-known personality in Karnataka’s civil society movements, having worked to revitalise Bengaluru’s lakes.
Doreswamy, a physics and maths teacher, joined Mahatma Gandhi’s liberation struggle in June 1942. He was also jailed for arson but was released in 1943.
Doreswamy championed a number of issues during his lifetime, including protests against the Kaiga nuclear power facility in north Karnataka and the rights of landless farmers. Doreswamy and Gauri Lankesh, a journalist who was killed, were part of a civil society platform that helped Naxalites reintegrate into society in 2014.