Sankar is the Secretary of the Congress Committee in the city of Karwar, which is not so far from Kanthapura. A Gandhian and a lawyer (or “advocate”), Sankar holds rallies on Moorthy’s behalf after his first arrest, where villagers protest for his release from prison. Sankar refused to remarry after losing his wife, a “god-like woman” named Usha, at age 26. A devout follower of Gandhi, Sankar is known for his honorable reputation, and is referred to by many as the “Acestic Advocate” because of his refusal to drink like the other lawyers or take a case he does not believe in. In fact, he is so principled in his commitment to Gandhist nationalism that he takes Hindi class (Hindi will be India’s national language) and begins speaking to everyone in Hindi—even to those, like his mother, who understand not a word of it. Nonetheless, the Kanthapura villagers often view Sankar with at least some suspicion, simply because he is from the city, which they do not trust.
Sankar Quotes in Kanthapura
The Kanthapura quotes below are all either spoken by Sankar or refer to Sankar. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Oxford University Press edition of Kanthapura published in 1963.).
Sankar Character Timeline in Kanthapura
The timeline below shows where the character Sankar appears in Kanthapura. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
...decide to restart the bhajans that Moorthy used to perform, although in prison Moorthy warned Sankar not to let them have processions or bhajans, “lest the police fall on them!” The... (full context)