Name:- Manohar alias Balaswamy alias Prakash
Age:- 29 yrs
Place:- Soraba, shivamogga.
Manohar from a middle class family finished his P.U.C from Sagara . Joined Sahyadri college of shivamogga for BSc course. Probably his first struggle was against the poor quality food that was being given in hostel. During the same time he got contacts with PVK[ pragathipara vidhyarthi kendra] which influenced his life in a more meaningful manner.
Though he was a science student he studied in depth about the revolutions in world and about revolutionaries like bhagat, marx, engels, che, lenin and mao which helped him to see the social problems with a different perspective. Under the leadership of Karnataka Vimocahana Ranga he actively involved in the protest against Real Estate Ashok kheny's BMIC . Later he participated against expansion of Kudremukh Mining Project.
The outside world came to know that Manohar was a naxal only when he was arrested on May 1,2001 in Raichur along with Ramesh. Manohar along with Ramesh led a prominent role in establishing the naxal movement in Raichur. There were several cases from the state against Ramesh and Manohar in Yapaladinni and Raichur City police station but they were dismissed in due course. When Naxal comrade Bhaskar was killed in an encounter in Koravinal of Raichur the duo fled to Andhra and went underground. They were arrested in 2001 in Gadhwal of A.P. For 1 year he was detained in Charapalli jail of A.P. jail didnot hinder his progressive thinkings. He fought for the rights of inmates. In an article to a kannada magazine he predicted that if the capitalistic attitude of America continues in the same way thn recession was inevitable.
Due to lack of evidence he was released in 2005, later he joined a kannada daily 'eccharike' as reporter. Police spy didnot allow him to carry democratic revolution. They used to call him to station frequently. Police's mental torture made him rethink of his democratic way of revolution and he entered the ghats and rejoined the armed revolution.
Manohar became a martyr when he was killed in an encounter in Mavinahole near Kalasa, Chikmagalur district, Karnataka on November 18,2008.
His dream of a classless society?? I think it's our duty to make his dream come true.