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Gorur’s own Gandhi

He loved his village and his name is synonymous with the village Gorur (about 30 km from Hassan) on the Hemavathi river bank.

An inspiring Gandhian all his life,  renowned Kannada writer Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar is best known for his popular literary works which basically reflect his Gandhian th­o­u­g­hts and ideology. He translated Gandhiji’s writings to Kannada and has also written Kasturiba’s biography.

Known as the Gandhi of Gorur (Hemavathi Theerada Gandhi) Dr Gorur Ramaswamy Iyengar was a staunch follower of Mahatma Gandhi. He is said to have strictly followed the Gandhian way of life right from his school days at Gandhi Vidya Peeta in Gujarat. A true Gandhian, Gorur early in his life dedicatedly served the cause of Harijans and Khadi Gramodyoga (rural employment).

When the freedom struggle was at its peak Iyengar was jailed twice, in 1942 and in 1947. A month after independence Gorur participated in the ‘Mysore Chalo’ movement which aimed at attaining a civilian government in the then princely Mysore State.

During the movement, when a youth rally was held in Tumkur, tragically Gorur’s elder son Ramachandra (a student of the junior college) was said to be shot dead by the police when Ramachandra and his friends tried to hoist the tricolour at the Tumkur taluk office.


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