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6 things to know about Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, the man who founded RSS

Dr Hedgewar brought a new dimension to the process of nation building

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Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar

Born on April 1, 1889, Nagpur

Founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

It was on April 1, 1889 that Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar was born in Nagpur of Maharashtra. Popularly known as Doctorji, Dr Hedgewar is the founder of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, India’s most powerful social organization which has influential stake in the power mechanism of more than 23 states in India.  Even though he was born on April 1, according to the English calendar, his followers celebrate his birth anniversary according to the Indian calendar.

Born to Baliram Pant Hedgewar and Revati, Hedgewar had a phenomenal life which culminated with the establishment of India’s largest nationalistic organization known as the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh). While he was studying in the high school, Hedgewar was known for his nationalistic credentials and dared to spread the message of freedom despite the challenges posed by the British Indian-loyalists.

With an aim to take the nation to the pinnacle of national glory, Dr Hedgewar founded Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on the Vijayadashami day of 1925

He had to walk out from Neel City High School in Nagpur for singing “Vande Mataram” as he violated a circular issued by the British government.

Here’re six things you should know about the exceptional activist who happened to be the visionary behind modern Hindutva movement in the country.

Post matriculation, Hedgewar had gone to West Bengal to pursue medical studies. That’s how Hedgewar became Dr Hedgewar.

Dr Hedgewar was actively associated with the activities of Indian National Congress. But he was terribly disappointed with many of their policies in nation building

Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak , Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, and B S Moonje had profound influence in Dr Hedgewar’s thoughts

Dr Hedgewar thought that only internal transformation in a man leads to ultimate freedom, and he presented an alternative way of nation building with the ideals of India’s cultural heritage

With an aim to take the nation to the pinnacle of national glory, Dr Hedgewar founded Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh on the Vijayadashami day of 1925

Dr Hedgewar died on June 21, 1940 in Nagpur

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Tributes to the iron man of India on 'Rashtriya Ekta Diwas'

This man united 562 princely states to build modern India, and we call him our ‘sardar’

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India is celebrating the 143rd birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhai Patel, the leader who united modern India with his outstanding political acumen and unbounded love for his motherland. Patel united 562 princely states of diverse characters to build the Republic of India.

As a tribute to the great leader, India has built a Statue of Unity with 182 metre height, the tallest in the world, at Sardar Sarovar Dam of Kevadiya village in Gujarat.

Here are five inspiring quotes of Sardar Patel to commemorate his birth anniversary, which is widely celebrated as Ekta Diwas across India.

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For Sister Nivedita, Indic intellect is second to none

Are the countrymen of Bhaskaracharya, Shankaracharya, and Vivekananda inferior to the countrymen of Newton and Darwin?

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On October 28, 1867, Margaret Elizabeth Noble was born to Mayr Isabel and Samuel Richmond Noble in County Tyrone of Ireland. But, the second-largest island of the British Isles was definitely not the ‘Karmabhoomi’ of Margaret. She had something different to achieve in the abode of saints, obviously, in the latter avatar of Sister Nivedita.

This October 28 marks the 150th birth anniversary of Sister Nivedita, one of the most celebrated disciples of India’s hurricane saint Swami Vivekananda.

The almost 43 years Sister Nivedita lived were full of electrifying actions and interminable activities. She was an unending source of inspiration to hundreds of nationalists in their fight against British imperialism, and an incredible rishika to scores of Indians who had a strong desire to explore the soul of Bharat.

It was from her father, a college professor, she got the basic ideology of life that made her to realise service to humanity is the greatest form of worship. The meeting with Swami Vivekananda in 1895 in London had turned out to be the keystone of her life.

Nivedita loved teaching with a passion and spirituality with a mission. The teacher came to Kolkata (then Calcutta) in 1898 via Mombasa ship, and opened a school in the Bagbazar area of the city. Inspired by the ideals of Sanatana Dharma, she took care of patients in an incomparable way during the plague epidemic in 1899.

After giving all her to Mother India, she died on 13 October, 1911 in Darjeeling

Eventually, Swami Vivekananda made her to dedicate her complete life to India as she expressed her undiluted commitment toward the cause of Hindutva.

The striking thing was that like her guru, Nivedita’s spirituality had also intertwined with Indian nationalism, helping the revolutionaries shape their thoughts on freedom, Sanatana Dharma, and Indic renaissance.

She always wanted to tell the world that Indic intellect is second to none and the countrymen of Bhaskaracharya and Shankaracharya are not all inferior to the countrymen of Newton and Darwin. She wanted Indians to enjoy the intellectual supremacy of the world.

Nivedita was an inspirational figure to the young revolutionaries of Bengal, providing all her intellectual, financial and logistical support to them including those from the famous Anushilan Samiti. She also exerted great influence on Aurobindo Ghosh and eminent nationalist poet Subrahmanya Bharati in their struggle against the British.

It has to be noted that in her school in Calcutta, she introduced singing of the song Vande Mataram as prayer, despite of the diktats issued by the British.

There was a blessed relationship between Sister Nivedita and Sarada Devi, the spiritual counterpart of Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa.

By the end of her life, Sister Nivedita had risen from spiritual teacher to a legendary Indic icon of wonder, stirring the youth to spread the message of Sanatana Dharma with unrestricted vigour. After giving all her to Mother India, she died on 13 October, 1911 in Darjeeling.

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Top 5 quotes by revolutionary patriot Bhagat Singh that define his very ideology

Here’s what Bhagat Singh thought about revolution

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As we celebrate the 111th birth anniversary of Bhagat Singh, one of the great Indian revolutionaries India has ever seen, The Indic Post brings you five striking quotes that define the very ideology of India’s great son.

Born on September 28, 1907, Bhagat Singh gave an entirely new dimension to India’s freedom struggle, inspiring hundreds of youth to fight against the British with an undiluted spirit of patriotism.

Eventhough some historians didn’t take Bhagat’s unparalleled contributions into account when writing the history of India’s national movement, he is still a true hero to the masses, providing unending source of energy to the youth in the process of nation building.





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