Born in 1918, the 99-year-old activist, who still dons cotton dhoti-kurta, is a familiar figure at many demonstrations on issues important to Karnataka - from corruption of political leaders to protection of lakes, to land reforms.
Raised by his grandparents, the nonagenarian had foray into the cause of independence while he was in high school. While reading 'My Early Life', a book by Mahatma Gandhi, "a sentence caught my attention: 'A public worker should hug voluntary poverty.'" This is one of the things that initiated him into the world of freedom fighters and has been the motto of his simple life too.
The following morning they were introduced to the 12 soldiers. "We wanted to join the INA and fight the British. But we were caught...Bharat Mata didn't want us to accomplish our work. She wants us to sacrifice ourselves. We are ready," they had said.
It is this passion for one's motherland that he misses in today's India. He said: "Gandhi ji when he said that he wants swaraj, his first aim was eradication of poverty. Nobody has found a permanent solution for eradication of poverty."
"All sorts of government have come in - all sorts of permutations and combinations- but with all that, the main question remains as it is. Even after 70 years," the gutsy old man says signing off.
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