Nation Pays Tribute To Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya On His 50th Death Anniversary

| February 11 , 2018 , 12:20 IST

The nation paid tribute to Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya on his 50th death anniversary on February 11th. He was one of the most prominent Indian leaders of his times and a great social worker. He was a leader of Bharatiya Jana Sangh and the forerunner of the present day Bharatiya Janaya Party.

Born in 1916 in the village Chandrabhan, now called Deendayal Dham, in Mathura District, when he was 8-years-old his father and mother both died so he was brought up by his maternal uncle. His maternal uncle persuaded him to appear for the Provincial Services Exam, where he got selected but declined to join the Services on account of his political ambitions. He obtained B.Ed and M.Ed degrees at Prayag and entered public service.

During his college days, he first came contact with the Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh (RSS). Upadhyaya dedicated himself to full-time work in the RSS from 1942.

He was appointed as General Secretary of its Uttar Pradesh branch of Bhartiya Jana Sangh Party, and later became the all-India General Secretary.

Upadhyaya's death is shrouded in mystery, but on February 11, 1968, his body was found at the Mughalsarai Railway Station. 

People all over the country took to Twitter to pay their tribute to Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.