Mahatma Gandhi’s South African great-grandson Satish Dhupelia succumbs to Covid-19


A video producer and photographer, Satish Dhupelia (66) was the grandson of Mahatma and Kasturba Gandhi’s second son- Manilal Gandhi. He is survived by his children and two sisters, Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie and Kirti Menon.

File photo of Satish Dhupelia (Picture Courtesy: Twitter @alededwardscym)

The South African great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Satish Dhupelia succumbed to coronavirus complications in Johannesburg on Sunday. A video producer and photographer, Satish Dhupelia had turned 66 just earlier this week.

Satish Dhupelia’s sister Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie confirmed that her brother passed away while undergoing treatment for Covid-19. She also said that Satish had been in a hospital for a month due to pneumonia.

“Satish Dhupelia was born on 19 November 1954, the son of Shashikant and Sita Dhupelia. He died at the age of 66 after three weeks of severe illness. He has suffered from pulmonary fibrosis for many years but three weeks ago he contracted pneumonia,” Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie said in a Facebook post.

A one page tribute to a big life and a big heart Satish Dhupelia was born on 19 November 1954, the son of Shashikant...

Posted by Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie onĀ Sunday, 22 November 2020

She went on to add, “While in hospital, he picked up a superbug which led to a second admission. During this second visit, he picked up Covid-19. He was being treated for Covid-19 and died of a massive heart attack on 22 November 2020.”

Among other details about his career, Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie also mentioned that Satish Dhupelia was a trustee of Phoenix Settlement, the farm started by his great-grandfather Mahatma Gandhi. Satish also served on the management committee of the Gandhi Development Trust which was started by his aunt Ela Gandhi.

Satish Dhupelia is survived by his children and two sisters- Uma Dhupelia-Mesthrie and Kirti Menon. The three siblings are descendants of Manilal Gandhi, the second son of Mahatma Gandhi and his wife Kasturba Gandhi. Mahatma Gandhi had left Manilal behind in South Africa at the time of returning to India after two decades in 1915.

(With inputs from PTI)





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