Bengaluru: Here is some good news in times of gloom and pandemic. Harohalli Srinivasaiah Doreswamy, a 103-year-old freedom fighter, successfully overcame Covoronavirus and is back home. 

Dr CN Manjunath, director of Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research in Bengaluru, said, "Doreswamy had been hospitalised a week ago with mild symptoms like fever, cold and breathing difficulties. However, he fought back the virus and walked back home on Wednesday."

"He just kept calm. He did not show any anxiety. He responded well to treatment. There was no need for Remdesivir. He recovered with basic treatment. After he tested negative, he was discharged today. He has been asked to come back on Monday for follow up," Dr Manjunath added. 

Born in Bengaluru on April 10, 1918, Doreswamy participated in the Quit India movement and Vinoba Bhave's Bhoodan movement. He is also a familiar figure in civil society movements in Karnataka. 

Doreswamy, who used to teach Physics and Maths at the Gandhinagar High School, was arrested by the British in 1942 for planting bombs inside post boxes at the British government office premises. 

He was jailed for 14 months and released. 

Doreswamy once said that he planted the bombs not to kill people but to destroy government correspondence. 

He also joined many trade union revolts and mobilised groups in Bengaluru to exert pressure on the Britishers. 

Post-independence, Doreswamy took up social work and worked as a journalist. 

During the Emergency in 1975, he was arrested after he wrote a letter to then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi warning her that he would go house to house in every village to remind people that she was acting like a dictator. He was jailed for four months and released. 

Even today, he is the prominent face of agitations. Be it anti-corruption movements or protecting lakes, Doreswamy makes his presence felt. His recovery from Covid-19 is a testament to his indomitable spirit.