INDIA 2012:


We are ruled by dacoits… the British were better’

Freedom Fighters Rue State Of The Nation

Sunitha Rao R | TNN

They have seen India extricate herself from the clutches of the British to turn into a progressive republic. They have lived the freedom struggle and every moment of the nation’s 65 years of Independence. For GenNext, their struggle would seem like a fairy tale. On the eve of Independence Day, TOI sought their views on freedom and India.

     Pandit Sudhakar Chaturvedi, 118

     Ask him who got us freedom, and he answers quizzically: “MK Gandhi, Nehru, Subhash Chandra Bose, Bhagat Singh? Veer Savarkar? British themselves? Extremism or ahimsa? None of them, India got freedom because of Adolf Hitler and Benito Mussolini, who created fear in the British empire.”

      Pandit Sudhakar Chaturvedi, an enigmatic freedom fighter and living legend of the city, was known as the ‘critical insider’ within the Congress. Despite being associated closely with the Mahatma, he questioned Gandhi’s principle of ahimsa.
On August 15, 1947, Chaturvedi was in Delhi with Gandhi, Nehru and others. “It was an eventful and exciting day. However bad the politics is now, it is good we got freedom then. It was good for both Indians and British,” he recalls.
At 118, Chaturvedi is glad he is fit. “I can hear, read and walk,” he chuckles. He has not accepted the pension given to freedom fighters, happy in his Jayanagar residence.

     NV Krishnamachari, 96

     “We might term the British ‘firangis’ or ‘white men’, but they ruled us based on laws. They did their job on the directions of the East India Company. But what principles do today’s politicians have? Hardly any. We fought to get a nation to be ruled by Indians based on truth, ahimsa, human values. Sometimes, I feel we should not have got freedom at all. The British did not trouble the public as much as our elected politicians do now. I cry to myself when I look at our pathetic world,” says NV Krishnamachari.

     He was in Bangalore central jail the day India got independence. “We were sent out saying we were released. We had no clue we’d got Independence,” he recalls.
Krishnamachari has named his sons Jayaprakash Narayan, Babu Rajendra Prasad, Balagangadhar Tilak, Lokamanya, and his daughters Jhansi Rani and Lakshmi Bai.
He is fit, he has no BP or diabetes, though his hearing capability is diminishing. He lives in KG Nagar, South Bangalore.

     Annadanaiah Puranika, 85

      When the entire country rejoiced on August 15, 1947, a 19-year-old freedom fighter and his friends were in tears at Osmania University in Hyderabad. “Hyderabad hadn’t got freedom and we had no security under the Nizams. Those who hoisted the Indian flag in Hyderabad were arrested. We fled to Gadag andHubli, and fought the Razaks and Nizams from here. I discontinued my studies. Thanks to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, Hyderabad won freedom on September 17, 1948,” recollects Annadanaiah Puranika.

       “I had written to the governor two years ago on how the government can make use of our experience. I have not got any response,” he told TOI. Puranika, who worked as an advocate for 30 years in the Karnataka high court, says corrupt politicians should be socially boycotted. He lives in Jayanagar with his daughter. Barring occasional knee pain, he is fit as a fiddle.

     HS Doreswamy, 94

      This veteran freedom fighter is an active participant in social activism even today. Be it the protest for the appointment of the Lokayukta or implementation of the Lokpal bill, Doreswamy is at Freedom Park with his firm notions. He has termed the anti-corruption protests of Anna Hazare as the “second freedom struggle” of the nation and actively participated in India Against Corruption movements.


Sudhakar Chaturvedi NV Krishnamachari
HS Doreswamy

Road Rage : A tragedy in Mumbai

Mumbai woman thrashed after accident, loses baby

V Narayan TNN

    Mumbai: A 35-year-old woman suffered a miscarriage after being kicked and thrashed by four members of a family, including two women, in full public view on a busy road in Mumbai’s Kurla (W). The victim, Vidya Pednekar, a nurse, cried for help but none of the onlookers came to her assistance, said the police. The woman was assaulted after she rebuked one of the accused when his motorcycle hit her.

      Based on descriptions provided by Pednekar, the police arrested Rahul Satpute (23). They are looking for the other accused — Satpute’s mother Rajeshwari (40), sister Shraddha (18) and cousin Pappu Kanade (20) — who fled after the incident.

     The victim had conceived six years into her marriage after opting for a test tube baby.

     Pednekar was on her way to work when the bike hit her from behind. While Satpute was riding the bike, his mother and sister were sitting pillion. “I was in pain and shouted at the biker for rash driving. Suddenly, the two women charged at me and started hitting me. Worse, the youth kicked me in my stomach,” Pednekar said.

     The assault did not stop there. As Pednekar fell on the road, Kanade — who was passing by — joined the Satputes and the four kept hitting her. “According to eyewitnesses, the accused left the spot only after they felt they had thrashed her enough,” said a police officer.

Efforts Group: Independence Day Celebrations

Mr Watwani has sent an invitation to ALL of YOU.


Dear Friends,

Forwarding Efforts Group’s Independence Day celebration circular.

Flag Hoisting is at 10-00 AM on Wednesday, the 15th August 2012 followed with other program.

Venue is Efforts Group’s Recreational cum Library Center,

Opp B-4/229, Safdarjung Enclave.

Kindly see the attachment for more details.

Please inform about program to your other friends, neigbours & also Join with your family members.

with warm regards

S L Watwani
Media Co-ordinator, Efforts Group