Humanists I Met
G.D.Parekh – Indumathi
Both Mr. & Mrs. Parekh were dedicated to
Humanist Movement and to the effectiveness of M.N.Roy.
While G.D.Parekh was alive and
active, Indumati was doing medical service to the
poor in Bombay
slums. Those days G.D. was known as a commentator (spokes person) of Radical
Democratic Party and a famous speaker. Elavarthi Rosaiah and Avula Gopala Krishna Murthy recalled that he was a treat to the ears delivering
fluent speeches on the stage, exchanging glances with Roy, if he was there by his side, joking,
amongst the applause of the audience. Parekh would
stop at once anytime Roy
I did not know him then.
After that we were together for 5 days during Dehradun
Study Camp We met unexpectedly on train in the compartment while going to that
camp from Delhi. V.B.Karnik was also
there. We traveled chit - chatting. In those 5 days of Study Camp Parekh participated on many occasions in the debate. As an
expert speaker he explained Roy’s
policies of decentralization. They were
very good to hear but seemed not practicable.
There was a social get together in M.N.Roy’s
house, 13, Mohini
Road. Each from different regions in their own
style narrated their experiences and shared jokes as Gowri
and Indumathi were serving cocktails to everyone. Parekh made
everybody laugh. Malladi Rama
Murthy, Guthikonda Narahari and I were there. RamaMurthy
does not drink. That day we encouraged him to drink and he too had a drink. We
Tarkunde’s eyes were wet with tears as he recalled the
days he spent with Roy
in that house. I used to meet Parekh in Bombay. He was working as
University Rector and wrote a book on General Education
Pareskh translated a book written by Lakshmana
Sastry Joshi in Marathi
into English titled ‘The Critic of Hinduism’. I wrote that in Telugu and
published that in ‘Prasartitha’. A.B.Shaw
published Parekh’s articles supporting some of the
policies of Thilak, in ‘Humanist’. Parekh’s articles
used to appear in ‘Radical Humanist’.
After him Indumathi Parekh, as she was a doctor, started serving the Bombay’s underprivileged
and found a place in their heart. She proved the importance of social service
by working in Humanist Movement with dedication. She brought forth the issues
We participated in small gatherings in her residence. She
stayed as our house guest with us in our house in Hyderabad. Indumathi,
Gowri and Indumathi used to
shop together in Hyderabad Old city.
Indumathi toured Andhra many
times. She released my translation work of M.N.Roy’s
biography into Telugu at Telugu
University. She organized
International Humanist Conferences quite successfully in Bombay.
She came to Washington
while I was there in Washington
for discussions to plan Women welfare programmes. We met and discussed. As a
leader of Humanist Association she encouraged the voluntaries and secretaries.
She believed in practicing. She was not a great writer.
Not an orator. But International Humanists observed her programs and said “not
Mother Theresa, we must recognize Indumathi”.
On Editor Tomplin’s request I
wrote about Indumathi in ‘Encyclopedia