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Biography: G.V.Hallikeri

Mr.Hallikeri was born at Hosritti, in 1906. He was a boy prodigy. Mathematics was his strong point. He was orally multiplying upto crores. This extraordinary faculty led his friends to style him amusing "A Senior Wrangler". He won many scholarships and was the favorite of his teachers. He was intended to go to London but the events of 1920 changed the course of the tide of his life. Ever since he is a fervent nationalist.

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G. V. Hallikeri
G. V. Hallikeri

In 1927 he founded the Bharatiya Taruna Sangha of which he so the President. In 1930 he started the Gandhi Seva Sangh. He played a prominent role in the Salt Satyagraha. He led a batch of 70 volunteers from Karnatak to the Salt Depots. In 1930 he was twice imprisoned. After his release he was elected the General Secretary of the Dharwar District Congress Committee.

He baffled the vigilance of the police who offered a prize of Rs. 1000, to a person who would inform his whereabouts. He was the moving spirit behind the campaign. He was appointed the Fifth Director of the K.P.C.C. The government tried to wreak its vigilance by arresting all the members of his family. His four brothers, their wives and children were clapped in prison. They heroically bore all privations. For non-payment of taxes their property was attached.

Mr.Hallikeri voluntarily courted arrest by attending the Karnatak Political Conference held at Bagalkote. He was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment. In 1934 he was elected the Secretary of the Karnatak Provincial Congress Committee. Since 1934 he is a member of the A.I.C.C.

The nature of Mr.Hallikeri is the very essence of frankness and cordiality. He is a perfect combination of the purely ideal and the possibly real.

 

Source: Haripura Congress Souvenir, 1938

 

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