Submitted by Newseditor on Wed, 2016-01-06 20:10 Mangaluru: A pioneer of revolution in education in Karnataka and widely known as “Malenada Gandhi”, H G Govinde Gowda breathed his last on Wednesday in Mangaluru. He was 90 years old. He was He had also been the state minister for primary and secondary education. H G Govinde Gowda was born on 25 May 1926 at Hichani of Kanoor Village in NR Pura Taluk in Chikkamagluru to Gidde Gowda and Bobamma. Govinde Gowda had taken an active part in the freedom struggle. He joined Quit India movement in 1942 and Mysuru Chalo during 1948. He was married to Shantha on 12 March 1950 and has five daughters and only son H G Venkatesh. Govinde Gowda started his political career by getting elected anonymously as the president of Koppa Town Municipal Council and during 1950 he was chosen as the Chairman of Koppa Taluk Development Board and later between1972 and 73 he was the president of Koppa Agriculture Development Board. He was first elected as MLA in 1983 from the Janata party and during 1985-86 he was given the Ministry of Adult Education. Again during 1994 for the third time he was elected as MLA and was the minister for primary and secondary education during 1995-1999. During this tenure, he brought revolutionary changes in education department in Karnataka. However, Govinde Gowda who took retirement in 1999 was forced to contest MLA elections again but he refused to give way to youngsters. He succumbed to prolonged illness at a private hospital in Manipal.