Man who envisioned new directions for the country

Tarun Chugh
Many great men have been born on the holy land of our mother India, who spent whole of their lives not for themselves, but for the nation and society. Life of such a great human being is a role model for the generations to come. Their thoughts are the path to be followed by the countrymen and they gave new direction to the people of their mother land.
One such great man was Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay a after attaining independence, the country needed such an integral humanism ideology and a contemplation to make it prosperous, in which the country’s pride needed to be protected and politics could be made a means of service while caring for each and every person of the country.
Our motherland India gave birth and raised a great son like Pandit Upadhyaya, who showed a new direction to the country. Pandit Upadhyaya, one of the founders of the Jana Sangh, who made a remarkable place in the hearts and minds of the people of India due to his ideas for the welfare of the society, also gave the ideology of integral humanism.
He will always be remembered for initiating a pioneer ideas in Indian politics as he was a great thinker, successful editor, a successful writer and a true servant of Mother India.
Born in a middle class family in Chandrabhan of Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh on September 25th, 1916, Pandit Upadhyaya spent his childhood in troubles. Struggle remained a companion and courage was a force for him. He lost his father at the age of two and a half years while his mother passed away when he was eight years old only, leaving him completely orphaned.
After this, he was brought up by his maternal grandfather, but unfortunately his maternal grandfather also died at the age of ten. Then, the responsibility of taking care of the younger brother also came to his shoulders at such a tender age. If any man had to face all this, he would have given up in front of these calamities, but he did not give up and kept on moving forward.
While doing social service with Mahashabde and Sunder Singh Bhandari during his BA studies in Kanpur, he, after coming in contact with the founders of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, Dr.Hedgewar and Bhaurav Devras, joined the Sangh after being influenced by the ideology of RSS.
Without worrying about earning any livelihood, he being unmarried, dedicated his life to the country and society. He articulated the nationalist voice being a successful editor of Rashtra Dharma, Panchjanya and Swadesh. Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya was also a successful litterateur. As a successful writer, his works inspired the youth and countrymen. His every thought contributed in uniting the voice of the country. His foresightness and efficiency after ending the directionless politics of the country gave an ideological alternative,post-independence.
He became the first General Secretary in the Bharatiya Jana Sangh founded by Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee in 1951, President of Jana Sangh in 1967, but could work only for 44 days, which was a great tragedy for the Country. Seeing his talent, organizational strength and efficiency, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had to say that “if I get two such Deendayals, I will change the political map of the country”.
Due to his engrossment in nation building and public service, he had no personal life. Whatever he had, it was for the society and the nation. His thoughts and spirit of sacrifice made him different from other people. Deendayal Upadhyaya is considered the architect of Jana Sangh’s national philosophy of life. His aim was to provide a purely Indian philosophy for the efforts to rebuild independence.
Presenting the Sanatan ideology of India in an epoch-making form, he gave the ideology of Integral Humanism. He was of the view that the main objective of economic development should be the happiness of the common man. He said that ‘the human group living in India, having a feeling of affection for each other and their mother land, is one united group. Their way of living of life, art, literature, philosophy are all emersed in Indian culture.
Therefore this culture is the basis of Indian nationalism. If there will be loyalty in this culture, then only India will remain united. “For the qualitative upliftment of any individual or society, not only the economic and social aspect, its overall development is essential. Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay was of the opinion that overall progress is not possible without removing the poverty and illiteracy of the nation.
The special thing is that the philosophy of Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay a the ideological leader of Antyodaya, was not limited to writing and thinking only, rather whenever he travelled due to the work of the organization, he preferred to stay with the people standing on the last rung in the society i.e the weaker people of the society, on the basis of preference. Such an example is rarely found in Indian politics.
At present, the Central Government running under the leadership of Narendra Modi Ji, focusing the humanism, is working for the upliftment of the weak and poor section of the society with the aim of upliftment and development of the poorest of the poor. For the last eight years, the Government running under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has made the dream of Pandit Upadhyaya come true by following his philosophy of Integral Humanism and Antyodaya’s ideology with its goal of poor-welfare.
The Central Government is working continuously for ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas, Sabka Vishwas and Sabka Prayas’. The direct effect of the Narendra Modi lead Government is that the poor, deprived, exploited and victims of the country are getting the maximum benefit of Antyodaya schemes. Not only the country, but today the whole world is looking towards India with hope. Behind this is definitely the policies based on Integral Humanism of the Modi Government based on the true ideology of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyaya.
Pandit Upadhyaya showed the country the path of providing quality to individual and community life. In today’s time, society and nation will be benefited only by imbibing the values derived from Integral Humanism in the life. Every aspect of the life of Pt. Deendayal Upadhyay is exemplary for all of us, because he has given place for cooperation, coordination and co-existence in every field.
The father of Antyodaya, Pt. Upadhyaya also provided the right vision to give priority to common social responsibilities for the promotion of the interests of the deprived sections. Hundreds of salutes to such a great man on his birth anniversary.
(The author is National General Secretary of BJP)