Harohalli Srinivasaiah Doreswamy (born 10 April 1918) is an Indian activist and journalist. He turned 100 in April 2018.[2]

H. S. Doreswamy
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Harohalli Srinivasaiah Doreswamy

(1918-04-10) 10 April 1918 (age 101)[1]
Other namesHiriya Swathantra Horatagaara
Alma materCentral College, Bangalore
Known forIndian independence movement, Ahimsa, 2011 Indian anti-corruption movement
Parent(s)Srinivasa Iyer (Father) Padmavathamma (Mother)

Early lifeEdit

Doreswamy, known as H. S. Doreswamy, was raised by his grandfather after the death of his father, Srinivasa Iyer, who died when he was five years old. After completing the primary school education, he came to Bangalore. The book "My Early Life" by Mahatma Gandhi influenced him to join the Indian Freedom Movement. During his intermediate college education, he attended a freedom awareness program at Banappa Park, near Cubbon Pete in Bangalore, where the leader was arrested. The next day, a strike was called by the students. The police then lathi charged.

Entry to Freedom MovementEdit

Many leaders were coming to Bangalore during that time. By 1942, he had completed his B.Sc and had joined a college as a lecturer. In August, the Quit India freedom movement started, where students participated in large numbers. He along with his brother H S Seetharam, Sardar Venkataramaiah and A G Ramachandra Rao planned moving together against the British. H. S. Seetharam later become a mayor of Bangalore. They were involved in making Time Bombs, which were used to damage government documents. When he was jailed for the first time for 14 months, he decided to follow Gandhi's ideals of non-violence and Satyagraha. He established a book store and publishing depot, where literary figures like R. K. Narayan and K.S. Narasimhaswamy were frequent visitors. It served as a cultural center in those days.

In 1947, in the Mysore Chalo Movement, his newspaper published many articles against the government. Eventually, the government took control of the press and seized it. A teacher named Sheshagiri helped circulate the newspaper during this press closure.[3]

Protests against land grabbingEdit

In 2014, Doreswamy spearheaded the anti-land grabbing protests in Bangalore with the help of AAP, A.T. Ramaswamy who was part of the Joint Legislature Committee on Encroachment in Bangalore Urban District and many other activists. Eminent citizens including Justice Santosh Hedge lent support. The main location of protest was at the Bangalore townhall.


  1. ^ Boruah, Maitreyee (15 August 2014). "INDEPENDENCE DAY SPECIAL - Free India from poverty and corruption: HS Doraiswamy". The Times Group. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  2. ^ https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bengaluru/pm-modi-is-behaving-like-a-dictator-doreswamy/articleshow/63687477.cms
  3. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMYe0S6PQgo

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