Madhukar Dattatraya Deoras

Madhukar Dattatraya Deoras

Madhukar Dattatraya Deoras

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Madhukar Dattatraya Deoras( December 11, 1915 - June 17, 1996), popularly known as Balasaheb Deoras, was Sarsanghchalak, or chief of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the largest Hindu nationalist organisation in India.


He was born on 11 December 1915 in Nagpur to Dattatreya Krishnarao Deoras and Parvathibai. His family hailed from Andhra Pradesh but settled in Nagpur and comprised two brothers and two sisters. His younger brother Bhaurao Deoras also was part of RSS and helped make some Congressmen -- usually antagonistic to RSS -- closer to it. The family was greatly interested in farming and the young Balasaheb was inclined to this practice as well. This may have prodded him to join RSS and weed out the prevalent social and political evils.

He was educated in New English High School and matriculated from Berar Board of Secondary Education of the Central Provinces, in 1931. Then, Balasaheb graduated from Moris College (now Nagpur Mahavidyalaya) in 1935 and passed his LLB degree in College of Law, Nagpur University. Deciding to dedicated his life to the goals of RSS, he neither practiced law nor married (like all pracharaks, the torchbearers of the organization).

Balasaheb first worked as a pracharak in Bengal and then was appointed the Secretary of the Nagpur City Unit. In 1946, he became the Joint General Secretary and in 1965, the general secretary of RSS. On 5 June 1973, he became the Sarsanghchalak after the death of Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar. Balasaheb...
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