Remembering Deendayal Upadhyay, Revered Icon Of Integral Humanism On His Birth Anniversary

| September 25 , 2018 , 11:00 IST

Ever since BJP came to power in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been heard mentioning Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay's name in his speeches for enlightening the ideological philosophy of the government policies.

We celebrate the 102nd birth anniversary of this RSS ideologue on Tuesday who was known for presenting philosophical ideas of "Integral Humanism" in the Politics-Social Sector.

On this occasion PM Narendra Modi tweeted the tribute to Deendayal Upadhyaya, "Namita Yogi on the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay ji."

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya was born on September 25, 1916 in Mathura. When Deendayal Upadhyay was doing a BA from Sanatan Dharma College in Kanpur in 1937, for the first time, he came in contact with RSS.

During that time, he met RSS founder KB Heggewar in a branch program. Following intellectual discussions with him, he decided to join the RSS. Although before becoming a preacher, he was trained in the education of the Sangh in 1939 and 1942 and only after this training he was made a preacher.

In 1951, when Shyama Prasad Mukherjee founded the Indian Jana Sangh, Deendayal Upadhyay was asked to join it. In this way he became the co-founder of Jana Sangh. He was All India General Secretary of this organization for 15 years. During that time he also contested the Lok Sabha elections, but could not win it. In December, 1967, he became the president of Jana Sangh.

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Through his 'Integral Humanism' political philosophy, he spoke of the physical, intellectual, conscious and spiritual development of every human being. His philosophy was the synthetic form of materialism and spirituality. He spoke of decentralized politics in the country and gave a slogan to the self-dependent economy. To promote his ideas, he edited many magazines from 'Nation's Dharma' to 'Panchjanya'.

On February 10, 1968, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya went from Lucknow to Sealdah Express to go to Patna. But when the train reached Mughalsarai Station,he was not found in the train. His body was found on the tracks near the railway station.

It was found in the CBI inquiry that when the train was entering Mughalsarai, thieves ran away with his luggage and fled. He resisted, he was pushed down from the moving train, due to which Deendayal Upadhyay died.

However, due to his death in mysterious circumstances many people are not satisfied till today. Some people also see a political conspiracy in it. Nonetheless, the actual causes of his death have not been confirmed till date. In 2017, many politicians demanded that the matter should be examined again.