New Delhi, September 25: In a function organized by the Culture Ministry, the Nation today remembered BJP ideologue Deendayal Upadhyaya in New Delhi and paid homage to mark his 99th birth anniversary. The Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma attended the function.
Remembering Pandit Upadhyaya, Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said that he was a beacon of selfless service and an excellent organiser. PM Modi also mentioned that time has come to follow path shown by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and create an India that is developed and just, where the poorest of the poor is taken care of.
The Prime Minister also said from the life of Pandit Deendayal, everyone could learn how an individual completely devoted himself to the well being of the nation and the service of the poor. “India’s progress is dependent on how quickly it can free from the clutches of poverty and provide every Indian a life of dignity, opportunity and aspiration”, PM Modi added.
Remembering Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, he gave ideas how the opposition can play a constructive role in democracy and nation building.
About Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya:
|Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya (25 September 1916 – 11 February 1968) was an Indian philosopher, economist, sociologist, historian, journalist, and political scientist. He was born in 1916 in the village Chandrabhan, now called Deendayal Dham, near the Farah town in Mathura District, 26 km away from Mathura. His father, Bhagwati Prasad, was a well known astrologer and his mother Shrimati Rampyari was a religious-minded lady. |
He was one of the most important leaders of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner of the present day Bharatiya Janata Party. A revered icon of Integral Humanism, he was an ideologue and a guiding force for an alternative model of governance and politics.
Upadhyaya conceived the political philosophy Integral Humanism – the guiding philosophy of the Bharatiya Janata Party. The philosophy of Integral Humanism advocates the simultaneous and integrated program of the body, mind and intellect and soul of each human being.
Upadhyaya edited Panchjanya (Weekly) and Swadesh (Daily) from Lucknow. In Hindi, he has written a drama Chandragupta Maurya, and later wrote a biography of Shankaracharya. He translated a Marathi biography of Hedgewar, the founder of RSS.
In his blog post today, PM Modi stated, "Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya always said, ‘Charaiveti, Charaiveti' which was an inspiring call to keep pursuing your mission without being overcome by any obstacles, to establish a system of sacrifice and hardwork. Let us follow the path shown by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and work together to fulfil his dream of a developed and just India, where the poorest of the poor is taken care of".
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh advocated for a debate on integral humanisms propounded by Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. Asking people to follow the ideals of the great leader, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said, Pandit Upadhyaya blended politics with morality.
A number of eminent people from the socio-political arena including RSS joint general secretary Dattatreya Hosabole, BJP leader Ram Madhav, VHP leader Ashok Singhal and Sadhvi Prachi gathered at the ashram to pay the Swami their last respects and witness his ceremonious burial.