On October 22, Mr. Gandhi suffered a heart attack and brain haemorrhage, which left him paralysed; thereafter he was admitted to the Shiv Jyoti hospital.
Playfully holding the stick of his grandpa during 1930 Salt Satyagraha, Kanu became part of iconic history.
The Gandhi couple had returned to India in 2014 after several decades in the U.S. Kanu had studied at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). His education was sponsored by the then U.S. Ambassador to India, John Kenneth Galbraith.
He later went on to work with NASA and the U.S. Defence Department on wing structures of fighter aircraft, while his wife Shivalaxmi was a professor and researcher at the Boston Biomedical Research Institute.
On their return to India, the couple stayed at various ashrams including the Guru Vishram Vrudhha Ashram in Delhi as they did not have a home of their own place of their own. After his heart attack in the Radhakrishna Ashram in Surat, his friend Dhimant Badhia offered monetary support to bear medical expenses.
Twitterati condoled his death and severely criticize the ‘criminal neglect’ of freedom fighters. “Modi spends crores for his suits and trips abroad but simply ignores the warriors- whether jawans or freedom fighters, they remarked.
President, PM, Delhi CM, Congress Vice President were among others who condoled the death of Kanu.