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The Gandhians in our midst

By Our Staff Reporter

Bangalore Oct. 1. Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary is the best time to think about some Gandhians who are still with us — physically a bit frail but mentally as alert as ever. They heeded Gandhiji's call and still cherish his values. Sudhakar Chaturvedi and H. Narasimhaiah are two such persons in Bangalore.

Mr. Chaturvedi, who is 109 years old and has mastered the four Vedas, lives a quiet life in Jayanagar. Mr. Chaturvedi came under the influence of Gandhiji as a teenager.

He first met the Mahatma and his close associate, Mahadev Desai, while he was learning the Vedas at a gurukula in a remote and serene place in North India. From then on, Mr. Chaturvedi was a changed person.

He realised the need to fight for freedom, adopting Gandhian methods.

His conviction to work for liberating the country from the British yoke grew along with the urge to explore traditional knowledge.

He became an ardent follower of Gandhiji and participated in satyagrahas.

Mr. Chaturvedi was also an eyewitness to many important events during the freedom struggle, including the Jallianwallah Bagh massacre.

The noted educationist, Dr. Narasimhaiah, who hails from Hosur village in Gauribidanur taluk of Kolar district, is among the people who have had an opportunity to interact with the Mahatma.

As a primary school student, Dr. Narasimhaiah translated Mahatma Gandhi's Hindi speech into Kannada when the latter visited the National High School here.

A strict follower of Gandhian principles, Dr. Narasimhaiah wears a spotless white khadi dhoti and shirt and sports a Gandhi cap.

Dr. Narasimhaiah, who has a doctorate in nuclear physics from an American university, has served with distinction as Vice-Chancellor of Bangalore University, Chairman of the Kannada Watchdog Committee, and member of the Legislative Council.

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