PM remembers visionary RSS ideologue Dattopant Thengadi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered Dattopant Thengadi, a visionary architect, who created mass organisations like Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh and Swadeshi Jagaran Manch, on the latter’’s birth centenary.
“I bow to the great Dattopant Thengadi Ji on the special occasion of his birth centenary. He will always be remembered for his unwavering commitment to national progress and welfare of our hardworking workers, who play a big role in the country’s economic growth”, the Prime Minister said.
Thengadi, and RSS ideologue, was born on November 10, 1920 at Arvi in Maharashtra. He joined RSS as pracharak in 1942 and worked in Kerala and later in Bengal. Thengadi remained a Rajya Sabha member for two terms during 1964-76 and also served as its vice-chairman in 1968-70.
In 2013, Thengadi was awarded Padma Bhushan, but he declined to accept the award, saying he was not qualified to accept an honour for a task whose credit went to RSS founding fathers Guru Golwalkar and KB Hedgewar.
He passed away on October 14, 2004.