Ashok Singhal, a man of many expressions but one foundational belief that lies in Hinduism. 27th September marks the birth anniversary of this visionary, who fought for the Hindu voice at a time when it was not in the mainstream culture to celebrate religious and cultural roots. His life is a lesson for leaders to come, and believers who take for granted the joy of being a Hindu. His life is a tale of sacrifices, commitment, and service.
Early Life and Education
Born on September 27, 1926, in Agra, India, Ashok Singhal grew up to become a prominent leader and advocate for Hindu causes. He pursued his education in metallurgical engineering at the Banaras Hindu University Institute of Technology and graduated in 1950. It was during his college years that he was introduced to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a nationalist organization that would become a pivotal part of his life.
A Devotion to Service
Upon joining the RSS, Ashok Singhal found himself deeply resonating with its principles and values. He dedicated himself to selfless service to the nation and the Hindu community. His unwavering commitment to the cause earned him recognition and respect within the organization.
He served diligently in various capacities across different regions, including Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Delhi. Throughout his career, he exemplified the spirit of the RSS, always putting the organization's mission above personal interests.
Rise to Prominence
Ashok Singhal's dedication and leadership qualities were quickly recognized within the RSS, leading to significant appointments. In 1980, he was appointed as the Joint General Secretary of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP), an organization committed to promoting and protecting Hindu interests. This marked a turning point in his career as he began to play a more prominent role on the national stage.
A Voice for Hindus
Ashok Singhal's leadership became even more crucial during the turbulent times of 1984 when Delhi witnessed the infamous Sikh riots. He was appointed as the General Secretary of the VHP during this period, and his calm, resolute leadership provided a source of stability and hope during those troubled times. His tireless efforts to promote peace and justice earned him the trust of millions of Hindus across India.
Opposition to Injustice
Ashok Singhal was not just a Hindu leader but a champion of justice and democracy. He stood against the power elite when it was necessary, fearlessly opposing injustice and authoritarianism. His most significant challenge came during the Emergency imposed by then-Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the mid-1970s. In the face of this dictatorial regime, Ashok Singhal launched an Andolan (movement) in Uttar Pradesh to challenge the erosion of democratic principles and the stifling of civil liberties.
Legacy of Ashok Singhal
Ashok Singhal's life is a testament to the power of unwavering faith and dedication to a cause. His commitment to promoting Hindu culture, values, and traditions made him a beloved figure among Hindus worldwide. His legacy continues to inspire generations of leaders and believers to stand up for what they believe in and to serve society selflessly.
As India remembers his birth anniversary on September 27th, let us also remember Ashok Singhal as "The Emperor of Hindu Hearts," a man who dedicated his life to the service of others, the protection of Hindu heritage, and the pursuit of justice. His life remains a shining example of leadership, courage, and devotion that continues to resonate with millions.