And from then on started an encounter with the Government. It was the most unequal encounter in our country’s history. On one side were stalwarts like Pandit Nehru and Sardar Patel, who were at the peak of their popularity, ably assisted by the famous steel frame of the Indian Civil Service (ICS) that conducted and managed the administration of the British Empire, and on the other was Shri Guruji, with no or little experience of the wily ways of politics, and mostly alone, interned in a jail. At that ..
All the initial letters, exchanged between Shri Guruji and the Deputy PM Sardar Patel, exhibit a different strain and different texture. As already indicated, these letters are in Hindi. The substance of Shri Guruji’s letters is almost the same as those of written to Pandit Nehru. In his letter of September 24, 1948, written from Nagpur, Shri Guruji heartily congratulates the Sardar for successfully tackling the Hyderabad issue. He continues, “I am quite certain that you have not the least doubt ..
Shri Guruji, instead of replying to Shri Iyengar, directly wrote to the “Home Minister”, Government of India. This suggests a change in his attitude. His earlier correspondence was with “Hon’ble Sardarji”. Now he was writing to the “Hon’ble Home Minister”. This tough letter is dated May 17 and it is from the Seoni jail. Shri Guruji writes:It would have been advisable for the Government not to have referred to the charges levelled against the RSS. This letter takes us back to the February ’48 days, ..
M. G. Vaidya It is ironical but true that RSS, the foremost organisation of Hindus in Hindustan that is Bharat, was thrice banned by the government—not an alien government, but by our own government. Of the three bans, the first, imposed on February 4, 1948, was the severest and the fiercest because, it was under the guise of the alleged involvement of the RSS in the murder of one of the greatest men in recent history, I mean Mahatma Gandhi. A thoughtless bullet from a pistol by Nathuram Godse killed ..
Courtesy: "I too had a dream", pg.181 to 185 - Dr. Verghese Kurien, Roli Book Pvt. Ltd, New Delhi In 1967, as Chairman of NDDB, I was asked to be a member of a high-powered committee, set up by the Government of India, to look into cow protection. It was a collection of rather individualistic and interesting personages. Justice Sarkar, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was appointed its Chairman. Among the other members of this committee were Ashok Mitra, who was then Chairman of the Agricultural ..
Dr S.S. Aggarwal Shri M.S. Golwalkar had a multifaceted personality. Since he was a highly spiritual person, he could express himself correctly even in those fields in which he had no experience. So wide was his knowledge that once the specialists were debating and wondering as to which branch of science had he done his masters? He had expressed his opinion almost on all subjects. In many cases his predictions have come true and have left an impression that he could read the future. His reading ..
A nation is a soul, a spiritual principal. Two things, which in truth are but one, constitute this soul or spiritual principal. One lies in the past, one in the present. One is the possession in common of a rich legacy of memories; the other is the present-day consent, the desire to live together, and the will to perpetuate the value of the heritage that one has received in an undivided form...
If Dr. Hedgewar was the Bhishma Pita of Hindutva, Sri Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, fondly called Sri Guruji, was the Drona of Hindutva. Sri Guruji was pained at the thought that Hindus should have been reduced to the position of ‘Non-Muslims’ in post-independent India. Even before independence, he wondered why India alone should be described as a ‘sub-continent’ when even much bigger countries like USA, USSR and China were not described in that manner. He said he had no doubt that our country was being ..
When Sri Guruji was asked to define RSS in one word, he said “Hinduism can be defined in one word, ‘OM’. But it would take years of study to understand its significance. Likewise RSS can be understood only by attending Shakha everyday”. Once making an emotional appeal to workers to complete the RSS work in the manner and measure required, he quoted an example from the famous biography of Dr. Samuel Johnson written by his secretary Boswell. Once Oliver Goldsmith asked Dr. Johnson, “Doctor, how many ..
Sri Guruji consistently held the view that a proper history of India had not yet been written. In this context he stated: “It is ridiculous to divide our national history into Hindu period, Muslim period and British Period. History can’t be named after rulers; a proper history has to be a history of the people. And so, our entire history is Hindu history”. This is the quintessence of Hindutva. Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Aurobindo Ghosh, Vir Savarkar, Dr. Hedgewar and Sri Guruji have all built up this great ..
Under Sri Guruji’s inspiring, fearless and indomitable leadership, RSS grew by leaps and bounds. In town after town, the Sangh Pracharak would arrive with a few letters of introduction to local leaders, whether belonging to Congress, Hindu Mahasabha, Arya Samaj or whatever. He would put up himself in the local bhavan of any of these organizations or in a temple or with any well-wisher. His job, often as teacher, would bring him in touch with many students and teachers. Any existing local Hindu volunteer ..
Swami Akhandananda, one of the 16 direct monastic disciples of Ramakrishna Paramahansa, discerned in Sri Guruji all the potentialities of a Vivekananda re-born. Dr. Hedgewar, the founder of the RSS, saw in him a worthy leader of Sangh. While casting off their mortal coil, both these mahatmas had an innate satisfaction, Swami Akhandanandaji for having handed over the torch of spiritualism to a worthy disciple and Dr. Hedgewarji for leaving the Sangh in strong safe hands. As a disciple of the former ..
There are two types of people in this world, those who come into a room and say “Well, here I am” and those who come in and say “Ah! There you are!”. Sri Guruji did not consider himself a separate entity, independently of the Sangh. His life was a yagna, an eternal, sacrifice at the sacred feet of the Jan (people), the manifestation of Janardhana (God). Sri Guruji’s most precious offering in this yagna was his own ego. For Sri Guruji innate humility was just as much the opposite of self-abasement ..
Carlyle in his famous work ‘Heroes and Hero Worship’ wrote: “It is well said, in every sense, that a man’s religion is the chief fact with regard to him. No great man lives in vain. The history of the world is but the biography of great men. The hero can be poet, prophet, king, priest or what you will, according to the kind of world he finds himself born into”. These stirring words are totally applicable to Sri Guruji. He would have made his mark anywhere. He was a saint, a sage, and a seer in the ..
- V Sundaram, IAS (Retd.)Courtesy: Tattva Darsana,Quarterly, January – March 2006, Vol. 23 No.1 Editor Sadhu Prof. V. Rangarajan.What is a Nation? Hindu Rashtra since Ancient TimesSangh ShakhaOur Rich HistoryShri Guruji as SarsanghachalakShri Guruji: Confluence of Two Missions Supreme Sacrifice Homage..