Lesser Known Facts About the Founder of RSS
Anniversary of the death of Dr. Keshav Hedgewar: June 21 is the 82nd anniversary of the death of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. Born in 1889, Dr. Hedgewar founded the RSS on the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashami on 27 September 1925. He took his last breath on 21 June 1940.
On the anniversary of the death of Dr. Hedgewar, here are some lesser known facts:
- Hedgewar was born in Nagpur to a humble Telugu Brahmin family, hailing from the village of Kandakurthi in Telangana.
- He had 5 brothers – Mahadev, Sitaram, Saru, Raju and Rangu; And he was raised by his uncle amid great financial challenges, as his parents died when Hedgewar was just 13 years old.
- He faced expulsion from school for singing Vande Mataram.
- He obtained his medical degree from Calcutta Medical College.
- During the Damodar floods of 1913, he worked as a medic on the relief team.
- The inspiration for forming the RSS was sparked by extensive reading of Hedgewar books (mostly ‘Hindutva’, 1923) by Hindu nationalist ideologue Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
- In 1925, he met Savarkar in Ratnagiri Prison and was deeply influenced by his ideologies.
- He was an active member of the Indian National Congress around 1920.
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