Gandhi acolyte, campaigner for Indian independence dies two days before turning 100

A leader in the movement for Indian independence has died.

P. Gopinathan Nair, an acolyte of Mahatma Gandhi, passed away from COVID-19 complications just two days before turning 100, according to reports.

Gandhi’s acolyte dies just before turning 100

He died at a private hospital in his hometown of Neyyattinkara.

Indian media reports described him as among the last “freedom fighters” in his region who campaigned for the end of British rule.

He was born in 1922 and met Gandhi when the charismatic leader visited Kerala, in the south of India

Nair was drawn into the “Quit India” movement in 1942 and remained a devoted advocate of Gandhi’s pacificist teachings for life.

He received numerous awards for his activism throughout his life including the Padma Shri, one of India’s highest civilian honors.

One of the last ‘freedom fighters’

He also managed the Kerala Gandhi National Memorial Trust.

In 2002, he was tasked by the government with mediating peace after the deadly Marad riots in which Hindus and Muslims killed each other.

He is survived by his wife.

Nair’s death was mourned by Kerala’s Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan, among others.

“Gopinathan Nair is a valuable link connecting the era of the national freedom struggle with the present era. He was a person who exemplified Gandhian values in personal and public life. Owner of pure and transparent personality,” he said.

Share on facebook
Share To Facebook

Welcome to our comments section. We want to hear from you!

Any comments with profanity, advocacy of violence, harassment, personally identifiable information or other violations will be removed. If you feel your comment has been removed in error please contact us!

Latest Posts