The last Gandhian from the coast has been missing, since Nov 2014

The last Gandhian from the coast has been missing, since Nov 2014

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-03-16 09:25 Bengaluru: B Namdev Shenoy, the last surviving Gandhian in the coastal region and a Sarvodaya activist, has been missing since November 2014.  Known as “Badiyadka Gandhi” and “Gandhi Ajja,” 92-year-old Namdev Shenoy was a familiar figure on the streets with his khadi jubba, mundu and a cotton bag, said a report in the Deccan Herald on Wednesday. His sudden and mysterious disappearance has shocked many. “We have tried to trace him in every possible place,” Sarvodaya Mandala Secretary and Advocate Yeshwanth K is quoted as saying in the report.Dakshina Kannada and Udupi Sarvodaya Mandala President Harikrishna Punaroor had written about Namdev’s mysterious disappearance to Kerala Home Minister Ramesh Chennithela on January 8, 2015. Sarvodaya office-bearers are suspecting a foul-play behind Namdev’s disappearance.According to the report, Namdev went missing after he was reportedly framed and booked under POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act on November 25, 2014 by the Adhur police.Namdev was booked under POCSO and IPC 376 (rape) on November 25, 2014 based on a complaint filed by Nisha (name changed) from Childline in Kasargod, the report said. Namdev Shenoy was born at Perdala in Badiyadka (Kasargod district) on May 15, 1924 in a well to do family. He had his education in Bellare and was greatly influenced by Gandhian Ideology.He spent nearly two years in Sevagrama Ashram in Nagpur, which was Mahatma Gandhi’s headquarters. He had participated in the Quit India Movement and was briefly incarcerated in Bellary Jail. Namdev was also greatly influenced by the Bhoodan movement of Vinobha Bhave, said the report.Since Namdev remained a life-long bachelor, he used the 1.5 acres of his inherited land to set up a small ashram “Vishwa Maithri Trust” in Badiyadka 15 years ago.