One of the country’s noted Gandhians, Narayan Desai, known for his rendition of Gandhi Katha — stories on the Mahatma’s life — passed away at a private hospital in Surat on Sunday at the ripe age of 90.
In 2004, Desai started a lecture series on Gandhi called ‘Gandhi Katha’, which he took across the world and received much acclaim for it.
“The biggest loss is of the ‘Gandhi Katha’ which was uniquely his own creation because of the way he presented the stories on Bapu. People will remember him the most for it. His scholastic ability was in defining Bapu in the modern times,” Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, told The Hindu.
Ideas of truth and non-violence were inculcated in Desai at an early age by his father Mahadev Desai, long-time personal secretary and diarist of Gandhi. Desai served as the Chancellor of Gujarat Vidyapith from July 23, 2007, but resigned from the post last November.