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Golwalkar to rss Cadre


TSI | Issue Dated: July 15, 2007
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Golwalkar to rss Cadre Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, popularly known as Guru Ji, was the second Sarsanghchalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He addressed this letter to his fellow brethren of RSS, shortly before his death. Look at the way he discourages sycophancy and personality cult that was so prevalent in India. Written in the same year when Dev Kant Baruah had proclaimed, “Indira is India, India is Indira”, the letter talks about an alternative culture. It is sad that the political off-shoot of RSS chose to forget that mantra, the moment it was in power.

2nd April, 1973


All Swayamsevak brethren

The body of Parama Poojaneeya Dr. Hedgewar attained rest on 21st June 1940; and in accordance with his wish, the onerous office of Sarsanghachalak fell to my lot. At that time I knew little. And yet, all the senior workers extended their warm-hearted co-operation and guided me. I was thus able to carry on the work for the long period of 33 years. It now appears to be God’s will that I should hand over the responsibility to a worthy successor to ensure even more efficient working and speedier progress towards the goal.

In my long tenure, it is not unlikely that I have caused mental agony to many workers, due to my idiosyncrasies or shortcomings and defects. With folded hands I seek forgiveness of one and all. The body has been weakening at a rapid pace during the last one month. The doctors have lost all hope. Everyone seems concerned with the thought that this body cannot last for more than a few days. We are thus faced with the important question of the future set-up of the work of the Sangh. It is certain that the Sangh will continue to function in a worthy manner, along the lines set out in our constitution. I have discussed the matter with members of All-India executive committee, all of whom are workers with long-standing experience and as Prant-Sanghachalaks have been organizing work in various provinces.

In fulfilment of that responsibility, I hereby declare that after my body ceases functioning, the office of Sarsanghachalak shall be filled by Sri Madhukar Dattatreya - alias Balasaheb - Deoras, who is well known to all. The motto of our work has been, “Worship the Nation”, “Worship the Ideal”. There is no place in it for hero worship. The physicians seem to feel that my body may not survive for long. In any case the body is ephemeral, and is bound to pass off sooner or later. After life has fled, decorating the corpse etc. would appear funny and meaningless. I express the hope that, bearing in mind the cohesiveness, the mutual love and trust, impersonal devotion to the ideal and such other special features of our work, all our Swayamsevak brethren, young and old, will strive their utmost, in word, thought and deed, to fulfill our aims under the guidance of our Parama Poojya Sarsanghachalak. I have no doubt that we shall soon reach our goal.

My warm salutations to all brethren

Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar

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