Featured: Y. G. Krishnamurti
Similarly, Krishnamurti delivered of Dr Sastri’s manuscript on “Sources of Karnataka History” to Karnataka Historical Research Society, Bombay (Mr. Halbhavi) for publication. Sadly, neither of these endeavours came to fruition. In the year 1953, Krishnamurti went to Nepal and befriended King Mahendra. While in Nepal, he edited a book of poems by King Mahendra and in 1969, even authored a biography on the King. This won him Nepal’s highest civilian honour – “Gorkha Dakshin Bahu – II” which was bestowed on him in October, 1969. He visited Cochin, Kerala during the rare celestial event of Total Solar Eclipse and announced to the press that he was going to watch the event with his naked eyes. Accordingly, he did watch the event before and after for a duration of ninety minutes. The famous Kerala ophthalmologist Dr Mathews examined him after the eclipse and found his eyes to be in normal condition. The doctor declared it to be a modern-day miracle.
19, January, 1977
University of Mysore, Mysore
Freedom Struggle, Nationalistic writing, Editing works
“Indian States and the Federal Plan”
“Independent India and a New World Order”
“Jawaharlal Nehru – The Man and his Ideas”
"Gorkha Dakshin Bahu - II"
This incident was reported in Kannada weekly “Prajamatha” on Dec 26, 1976. According to Krishnamurti's family members, he passed away in Kathmandu, Nepal on 19 January, 1977. In India, his death was widely reported in such newspapers as Indian Express (20 Jan, 1977), The Hindu, Prajavani and Deccan Herald. He is supposed to have donated his valuable library and art objects to a research foundation in Nepal.
One can clearly describe Krishnamurti as a shooting star, which blazed across the Indian sky in the 1940s and 1950s, when Indian Independence history was being enacted. He was a charismatic personality endowed with intellectual abilities as well.
No one can question Krishnamuti's patriotic zeal and commitment to India’s freedom. He also wanted India to be a modern superpower in Asia, playing a dominant role in international politics. He believed in Gandhism and practised such Gandhian precepts as Non-Violence and Peace. He admired Jawaharlal Nehru as a great leader who was leading the country from a quagmire of poverty and ignorance. It is not known what caused disillusionment in him to seek a spiritual asylum in Nepal. But throughout his life he was active and creative and the word ‘mercurial’ may aptly apply to his personality. Was he a man of missed opportunities..? Perhaps, India did not make use of his talent in shaping the destiny of this great country. Many such great souls must have fallen on the way
Highest Civil Honour
"Order of Gorkha Dakshin Bahu - II"
Y. G. Krishnamurti with
K. C. Reddy
side in the path of progress. India developed its own brand of politics which kept the idealists and visionaries out of its ken. Here is a list of Krishnamurti's works gathered from various sources.
“Indian States and the Federal Plan” (1939)
“Constituent Assembly” (1940)
“Reflections on the Gandhian Revolution”
“Jawaharlal Nehru – The Man and his Ideas” (1942)
“The Betrayal of Freedom” (1944)
“Back to Sanity” (1945)
“Salute the Mahatma” (1946)
“Freedom – My Destiny” (1946)
“Gandhism for millions” (1949)
“Gandhism will survive” (1949)
“Rajendra Prasad: His Personality and Philosophy” (1952)
“The Sikh – Life View” (1961)
“His Majesty King Mahendra” (1963)
“King Mahendra: Poetic Values and Technique”
“The Mahendra Era: Radio Nepal”
“Topography of Nepal”
“Political Ideology of King Mahendra"