Veteran feted: Freedom fighter Sudhakar Chaturvedi being congratulated after he was felicitated by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj in Bangalore on Tuesday.
Bangalore: Physically frail but remarkably alert, 113-year-old freedom fighter Sudhakar Chaturvedi was felicitated by Governor H.R. Bhardwaj on Tuesday.
Mr. Chaturvedi was among 12 individuals and organisations whose fortitude, accomplishments and service to society were acknowledged on the occasion of Republic Day at Raj Bhavan. The veteran freedom fighter has often recounted his memories of the Jallianwalla Bagh massacre of 1919 that he witnessed. He was an associate of national leaders such as Jawaharlal Nehru, Sardar Vallabhai Patel and Acharya Kripalani, and dedicated much of his life to the Arya Samaj.
Several stories of courage and grit emerged at the event, one that of Prashanth L. Kamath, who was born with spastic quadriplegia, a disability that did not come in the way of his becoming a graduate with distinction from the SIES College of Commerce and Economics. The visually and hearing impaired B.N. Chandrashekhar, who teaches tactile communication skills to people with disability, was also lauded for his remarkable grit.
Two persons — S.M. Bhavani of Koppal district and Ashwini M. Nuchchi of Bagalkot — were felicitated for scoring the highest marks among students with disabilities in the SSLC and PUC examinations, respectively in 2009. Ajith Kumar from Chickaballapur, who stood first in his PUC among students from Scheduled Castes in 2009 was also felicitated.
Social worker Dayanand Rao Biradar from Bidar was recognised for his work in rural development and his movements against casteism and untouchability. G. Ramakrishnan, president of the Swami Vivekanand Yuvaka Sangha in Koppal was felicitated for his work in literacy, health, sanitation, sports and culture in rural Karnataka.
Several institutions were also felicitated. These included the Little Sisters of the Poor, which runs the Bangalore Home in Bangalore for the elderly and low-income groups. The R.V. Integrated School for the Disabled, which works with children, and the Senior Citizens’ Club, both in Bangalore, were recognised for their work. Adivasi and Rural Development Organisation in Mysore, which rehabilitates child labourers, was also felicitated.
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