Thiruvananthapuram: Gandhian Gopinathan Nair passed away. He was admitted to a private hospital in Neyyatinkara after collapsing at home on May 9. Gandhian Gopinathan Nair was 100 years old.
Born on July 22, 1922, in Neyyattinkara, Gandhian Gopinathan Nair joined the freedom struggle when he was a college student. The motivation to embark on the freedom struggle was the excitement of meeting Mahatma Gandhi who came to Neyyatinkara. Tagore’s study of Viswa-Bharati changed the course of his life. Gopinathan, who was also researching Chinese culture, became a full-time Gandhian when he came to Navakhali and met Mahatma Gandhi.
In 1951, K. He started his work in Kerala by working with the Gandhi Memorial Fund formed under the chairmanship of Kelappan. He remained its chairman until his death.
He was a lifelong worker of the Gandhi Peace Foundation. He was the first Malayali to preside over Sarva Seva Sangh and Sevagram Ashram founded by Mahatma Gandhi. Gopinathan Nair participated in the padayatra of Vinoba Bhave who led the Bhudanayagna for 13 years. In 2005 he won the Jamnalal Bajaj Award. In 2016, the country honored him with the Padma Shri. His wife is Women Welfare Officer Saraswati Amma.