Father Carlos Gonzales Valles, a Gujarati writer and popular litterateur living in Spain, died on Monday. He was 95 years old. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani mourned his death.
Father Walls has written several books in Gujarati language and taught mathematics at Gujarat University for several decades.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted and expressed grief over the death of Father Walls. Modi wrote, “Father Walls made himself popular, especially in Gujarat. He distinguished himself in many fields such as mathematics and Gujarati literature. He was ready to do social service. I am saddened by his demise. May his soul rest in peace.''
Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani lamented that Father Walls was not originally Gujarati, but established his identity as a Gujarati by his writings. He made significant contributions to Gujarati language and literature. His death has caused irreparable damage to Gujarati literature.
Congress MP Ahmad Patel, Gujarat Congress unit chief Amit Chavda and Leader of Opposition in Gujarat Legislative Assembly Paresh Dhanani mourned the death of Father Walls. The Congress said in a statement, “With the death of Father Walls, not only Gujarat but the whole country has lost an outstanding writer of literature, a sensitive and loving personality.”
Father came to India at the age of 15
Father Walls was born on 4 November 1925 in Logrono, Spain. He came to India at the age of 15 as a missionary. He completed his studies from Madras University. After completing his studies, he started teaching mathematics at Gujarat University in Ahmedabad.
In the year 160 Gujarat was separated from Mumbai and became a separate state, when he wrote a column about himself, “I started teaching Mathematics in Ahmedabad. I kept on going with it. I gave my body and my soul Has dedicated to teaching work.
He then wrote several books in Spanish. Wrote regular columns in newspapers in Gujarat. Wrote many books in Gujarati language. Translated books and articles in many languages.