He breathed his last at Jayadeva Hospital in Bengaluru. He had recently recovered from COVID-19.
Born on April 10, 1918, in Harohalli near Bengaluru, he joined the freedom struggle at a young age. While his initial involvement with the freedom movement was radical in nature, he came under the influence of Mahatma Gandhi later. He organised protests and strikes in the erstwhile kingdom of Mysore against the British rule and participated in the Quit India movement. He was jailed for 14 months in 1943-1944.
Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy passed away in Bengaluru on May 26, 2021. He was 104-years old.
Freedom fighter H S Doreswamy beat at his home after being disharged from hospital on May 19, 2021. The 104-year-old Gandhian recently recovered from COVID-19.
On the last day of 2009, H.S. Doreswamy is seen alone waiting for the bus. It was more than a quarter of an hour-long wait for this veteran before he boarded a vehicle at a Jayanagar bus stop.
H.S. Doreswamy, with his wife Lalithamma, being felicitated during his centenary year celebration, at Jnana Jyothi Auditorium, in Bengaluru on April 09, 2018.
Freedom fighter H.S. Doreswamy addressing the farmers protest at Freedom park in Bengaluru on January 26, 2021. This was one of his last appearance at a protest site.
Freedom fighter Doreswamy and former Minister B.T. Lalita Nayak along with other activists staging protest against BBMP for dumping garbage at Mandur in Bengaluru on June 16, 2014. Photo:
H.S. Doreswamy and activist Dr. Sudershan in solidarity with anti-corruption activistAnna Hazare’s satyagraha for Lokpal Bill, in Bengaluru on August 18, 2011.
H.S. Doreswamy with historian Ramachandra Guha and activist Tara Krishnamurthy during a protest against CAA and NRC at Freedom Park on February 7, 2020.
H.S. Doreswamy shows his inked finger after casting his vote during Karnataka Assembly elections at Jayanagar Assembly Constituency in Bengaluru on June 11, 2018.
H.S. Doreswamy, Prasanna, Vijayamma, with writers and artists, collecting funds for “Literary Meet For Tolerance” to be held on 02 Sept. 2018, at Gandhi Statue on M G road, in Bengaluru on August 28, 2018.
Freedom fighter H.S.Doreswamy (left) with the then Editor-in-Chief, The Hindu, N. Ram at Ambedkar Bhavan, the venue of the 125th anniversary of The Hindu in Bangalore on November 08, 2003.
H.S. Doreswami takes oath during the World Blind Walk organised by Project Vision at St John’s College Koramangala in Bengaluru on October 13, 2016.
H.S. Doreswamy and Dalits rights activist and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani at the ‘Save the Constitution’ – Sankalpa Samavesha campaign at Freedom Park, in Bengaluru on April 29, 2018.
One of his significant contributions was running a newspaper called “Paura Vani”, which voiced the aspirations of an independent India.
Not a man known to rest on his past laurels, he remained a committed activist till the end and a vociferous voice against any effort to suppress freedom of expression. He was consistently against communalisation of politics. One of his last campaigns was against CAA and the controversial farmers’ bill.
Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa condoled the death of Doreswamy and described him as “a man who lived his life like the conscience of Karnataka”.
The Karnataka government has announced that his cremation will be conducted with State honours.