To mark Deendayal Upadhyay’s death anniversary, the National Monuments Authority organised an international webinar on preserving monuments and heritage recently. The event saw participation by 20 countries including was held in collaboration with the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR).
- Born in Nagla Chandrabhaan village near Mathura, UP, on 25 September, 1916.
- Introduced to RSS and became a full timer in the late 1930s.
- Was a prolific writer and a successful editor
- Wrote a number of books including Samrat Chandragupta and Jagatguru Shankaracharya, and an analysis of the Five Year plans in India.
- Was deputed to work in the Jana Sangh by Shri Golwalkar when the party was founded in 1951 by Dr Syama Prasad Mukherjee. From then till 1967 he remained the Jana Sangh All India General Secretary.
- It was during this time that he propounded the political philosophy of Integral Humanism
- Died on February 11, 1968
- Concept of Integral Humanism he propounded envisages remedies for the post-globalisation maladies of the world.
- Cnceived a classless, casteless and conflict-free social order.
- Stressed on the ancient Indian wisdom of oneness of the human kind.
- For him, the brotherhood of a shared, common heritage was central to political activism
- Emphasised on coexistence and harmony with nature.
- Conceptualized an alternative approach which was free from the dialectics of competition and envy, a third way from the inertia of Capitalism and Communism.
- Advocate of less government and more governance.
- Believed in self-sustaining autonomous units, more power to states and decentralized and competitive federalism, solidly cemented on the cultural mosaic of our tradition, heritage and experience of the past.
- Architect of the first coalition phase in Indian politics.