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Centenarian Vedic scholar Sudhakar Chaturvedi passes away

Centenarian Vedic scholar Sudhakar Chaturvedi passes away

Bengaluru, Feb 27 (UNI) Vedic scholar and Gandhian Sudhakar Chaturvedi, who was believed to be 122-year-old, passed away here on Thursday.

Chaturvedi claimed to have been born on April 20, 1897 in Kyatsandra near Tumkur as Sudhakar Krishna Rao. His family reportedly moved to Bengaluru, after his father became an inspector in city with the education department of the then Mysore government.

Chaturvedi joined the primary school at Chamarajpet and remained there till the age of 10, when he moved to Haridwar to join the Arya Samaj, on the instructions of his father.

The centenarian was a contemporary of Mahatma Gandhi, whom he first met when studying the Vedas in a Gurukul in northern India. Subsequently, he became an ardent follower of Gandhian methods.

He was known as Gandhiji's Postman, as he took down and delivered letters dictated by Gandhi addressed to the Viceroys or Governors-General.

Gandhi called him 'Karnataki'. His right arm became immovable in 1938, while travelling with Gandhi, when the railwayman detached the last three compartments of the train, as it was struggling to climb uphill.

The Gandhian took part in the freedom struggle and was arrested at least 31 times during the freedom struggle, landing in prisons all over the country from Peshawar to Vellore.

Chaturvedi was offered the post of Minister in the old Mysore state by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, which he turned down.

The freedom fighter also campaigned for the unification of the state.[

He was witness to many events in the Independence movement. He had in several interviews said that he was an eyewitness to the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre.

Deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi and later by the Arya Samaj movement, he had won many honours in his long life. 'Chaturvedi' was a title given to him for his mastery over the four Vedas.

In his later life, he became a follower of Dayanand Saraswati of the Arya Samaj. He adopted a man named Arya Mitra as his son, and had three grandchildren. He never married.


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