Kanu Ramdas Gandhi, the grandson of Mahatma Gandhi and a former NASA scientist was battling life in a charitable hospital with virtually no monetary resources at his end. The 87-year-old Gandhi, who was hugely popular with the photo of leading his grandpa holding his stick on the beaches of Gujarat’s Dandi village during the historic Salt Satyagraha in April 1930, is mostly surviving by the little amount provided by the well-wishers now.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who sent his minister to the Gandhi scion when he was in New Delhi in May this year and offered full support, has simply forgotten him now, according to media reports. There was virtually no government support, no official word on his treatment at a better hospital so far.
Ahmedabad-based Dhimant Badhia, an old friend and grandson of a close associate of Gandhi, is arranging for small monetary help for the ailing Kanu, and recently donated Rs 21,000 ($315) from his personal resources.
“The Radhakrishna Temple is rendering great service. They got him admitted to the Shiv Jyoti Hospital nearby and are taking care of his 90-year old wife, Shivalaxmi Kanu Gandhi, who is practically deaf and suffers from other old age-related problems,” Badhia told IANS.