Today, 25 September marks the birth anniversary of one of the most prominent faces in the history of Indian politics – Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.
Today, 25 September marks the birth anniversary of one of the most prominent faces in the history of Indian politics – Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. The day is celebrated as Antyodaya Diwas every year. He was a strong Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) thinker and co-founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS), which is currently the forerunner of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Born in 1916 near the town of Farah in Uttar Pradesh’s Mathura district, Upadhyaya lost his parents at an early age and was brought up by his maternal uncle. His father was an astrologer while his mother was a homemaker. Despite facing a troubled childhood, Upadhyaya was a brilliant student. He even received a gold medal, Rs 250 for books, and a monthly scholarship of Rs 10 from the Maharaja of Sikar.
In 1937, Upadhyaya was first associated with the RSS while studying at Sanatan Dharma College. He also attended a 40-day summer vacation RSS camp in Nagpur. Upadhyaya was introduced to the RSS by his classmate named Baluji Mahashabde.
He was found dead near the Mughalsarai railway station in Uttar Pradesh on 11 February, 1968. As per the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), they notified that he was killed by robbers.
On the occasion of his birth anniversary today, the official social media handle of the BJP posted a note for the leader. The party hailed Upadhyaya as an ardent nationalist, excellent organizer, and pioneer.
— BJP (@BJP4India) September 25, 2021
Former Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis too offered his “floral tributes to the Father of Integral Humanism” and posted a few pictures on Twitter.
— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) September 25, 2021
Other former and current leaders including N Ramchander Rao, Kothapalli Geetha, Ashwani Mahajan, Shobha Karandlaje, P C Mohan, Embalam R Selvam paid their respect for the great thinker and leader. Take a look at their posts below:
Remembering the co-founder of Bharatiya Jan Sangh and versatile leader Shri #DeenDayalUpadhyaya ji on his birth anniversary. A nationalist, visionary and a philosopher who will be remembered by the generations ahead. #SevaSamarpan pic.twitter.com/RZHUkIFgJN
— N Ramchander Rao (@N_RamchanderRao) September 25, 2021
Remembering A Political Thinker & Nationalist Pt. #DeendayalUpadhyaya Ji on his Jayanti
He contributed immensely to the growth & development of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh, The precursor of the @BJP4India.
— Geetha Kothapalli (@Geethak_MP) September 25, 2021
Today, on birth anniversary of #DeenDayalUpadhyaya ji, let’s take pledge to work towards #Antyodya that is, taking the fruits of the growth to the last man. Fulfil his dream of Bharat where growth is decentralised & integrated with employment protecting the nature. pic.twitter.com/dxOFEFHYA5
— ASHWANI MAHAJAN (@ashwani_mahajan) September 25, 2021
— Embalam R. Selvam (@embalamrselvam) September 25, 2021
Floral Tributes to Pandit #DeendayalUpadhyaya Ji on his Birth Anniversary. His philosophy of integral humanism & his resolve of serving the very last person in the queue is our guiding force.#DeenDayalUpadhyay pic.twitter.com/FgofUUv7F9
— Smruti Pattnaik 🇮🇳 (@SmrutiPattnaik6) September 25, 2021
“Reverence to the ideologue, Sri Deen Dyal Upadhaya Ji, on his birth anniversary.
— Shobha Karandlaje (@ShobhaBJP) September 25, 2021
I bow to Pandit #DeendayalUpadhyaya ji on his Jayanti.
A great leader and an organiser par excellence, #Deendayal Ji struggled throughout his life to protect India’s culture and values.
— P C Mohan (@PCMohanMP) September 25, 2021