Freeindia > Biographies > Freedom Fighters > Dr. N.S.Harididkar
Dr. Narayana Subbarao Harididkar, imbibed in himself the ideals of patriotism, freedom and service to the people. He was born on 7th May, 1889. He was the son of Shri. Subbarao and Smt. Yamunabai. He losthis father after a short span of his birth. In spite of his poverty, he took medical education. After obtaining the degree from the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Calcutta he went to America for higher education where Lala Lajpat Rai. As his intimate colleague, Harkidar participated in many programmes in America. He was the President of the Hindustan Association of America. He organised as Indian student's convention in Chicago and joined the Home Rule League founded by Lala JJ. With Lalaji, he published a journal 'Young India. ' During the visits of various States of America and Canada, he appraised the emigrant Indians about the freedom struggle of India.
He was influenced by Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Lala Lajpat Raj. On his return to India, he abjured all personal pleasures. He participated in all the movements conducted by the Congress and was appointed General Secretary of Karnataka Congress Committee and also elected as a Member of All India Congress Committee. In protest against the atrocities of British police on the flag procession and insult of National Flag, a movement was launched at Nagpur which was led by Dr. Hardikar. He went to jail many times. He thought of an organisation of disciplined and trained youth of strong character.
Consequently 'Seva Dal' was formed in the Kalkinada session of Congress on 27th December, 1923. In 1925, Dr. Hardikar published a monthly journal named `Volunteer' and devoted himself to the cause of the Seva Dal entirely. He was always at the forefrom in the freedom struggle. Perhaps the crowning act of his social service was the founding of the Karnataka Health Institute at Ghataprabha.
Dr. Hardikar was elected twice for the Rajya Sabha from 1952 to 1962. Hardikar was awarkded the Padma Bhushan in 1958. His dress was typical of a Seva Dal Voluteer-half pants, half sleeved shirt and a Gandhi Cap-all in Khadi. He passed away on 26th August, 1975.
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