Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay was born on the 25th of September 1916 to Bhagwati Prasad, a well known astrologer, and Shrimati Rampyari, in Uttar Pradesh. He was one of the most important leaders of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh. Known for his versatile personality, he was not only a political activist, but also a historian, sociologist, economist and a philosopher too. Due to the untimely demise of his parents, he was brought up by his maternal uncle. 

He was only eight years old then. A brilliant student, he passed his matriculation examination from Sikar and Intermediate Board Exam from GD Birla at Pilani respectively. He graduated in first division from Sanatan Dharma College, Kanpur in 1939 and joined St. John's College, Agra, where he was unable to complete his masters degree in English literature due to ill health. 
None the less, on persuasion of his uncle, he sat for Provincial services exam and passed it but chose not to join the services. He had other plans for himself- he wanted to serve the common man. His classmate Baluji Mahashabde introduced him to Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) while he was at Kanpur. 

It was there that he met Dr. Hedgewar, the founder of RSS who invited him for an intellectual discussion at one of its shakhas. He did not take up a job but preferred to work in the party full time. His body could not take the physical stress that came with the training which he undertook in Nagpur, but intellectually he was absolutely sound. After having been through the training for two years, Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya took up work related to prachar of RSS. 

Deendayal Upadhyayas organisational skills were unmatched. His numerous capabilities were very beneficial to the RSS. He began publishing a monthly,' Rashtra Dharma' from Lucknow in 1940s for spreading the ideology of nationalism. He subsequently started 'Panchjanya', and 'Swadesh'. 

When Dr. Syama Prasad Mookerjee founded the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, Deendayal was made the first general secretary of its Uttar Pradesh branch. Due to his impressive and dedicated work, he was given the responsibility for a national role and made its General Secretary. On the demise of Dr. Mukherjee in 1953, he took up the responsibility of nurturing and moving the organisation forward as its general secretary.

 He inducted workers who he knew would work hand in hand, shoulder to shoulder to realize the dreams of the outfit. He has been a big pillar of strength to the organisation and shall continue to be remembered as one forever.

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