All throughout his life, he stuck to his conviction and not once hesitated to speak out the truth. Unbiased and unrelenting, he would often place the hard facts as they were, even though, on more than one occasion, many a people had taken objection to his ideas based on the ground that it was hurtful to their sensibilities.
As far back as 1939, when the congress committee meeting was held at Haripura, a remembrance book was brought out in its memory and in it,
Dr S.Srikanta Sastri never hesitated to discuss and question the prudence in Mahatma Gandhi’s choice as the National Congress Secretary.
The same daring perspective was equally apparent when he later chose
to question Mysore State’s sovereignty from a unified national standpoint
while discussing the “Indian States & Federal Plan”.
Dr S.Srikanta Sastri had an active life in his younger years. This coupled with his steadfast dedication to his work probably held him in good stead in his later years when he was plagued by health problems. Encouraged by A.R.Krishna Sastri, Dr S.S.Sastri frequented the Garadi mane (Body building complex) where he exercised for few years. This ensured him with a strong well built body.
But sadly, in his later years he would succumb to small-pox and lose
his left eye as well as left ear. By 1958, due to severe uncontrolled hypertension, Dr S.Srikanta Sastri suffered a paralytic stroke which left
him debilitated on one side of his body.
But these health issues would not stand in the way of his thirst for intellectual achievement. Not withstanding these handicaps, Dr S.S.Sastri would invariably stick to his routine of getting up at 4:30 a.m, finishing his bath and observing brahminical rituals early in the morning. After which he would get back to his academic pursuits for the better part of the day. In more than one sense, he was a workaholic, at times spending more than 14-16 hours a day writing, reading and editing books.
5 November, 1904
10 May 1974
University of Mysore
B.A., M.A., D.Litt
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Geopolitics of India and Greater India
Early Gangas of Talakad
Kannada Sahitya Parishta Award, 1970
Mythic Society Diamond Jubilee Honour
Honour by Governor of Karnataka Mohanlal Sukadia