SHRI GURUJI - Pioneer of A New Era

Education and Samskar

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Some are born great, being born in rich and famous families. The families of the three previous Sarsanghachalaks of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, however, had no such background of greatness or fame. Shri Guruji was born in a very ordinary family. His original surname was Padhye. The Padhyes belonged to a place called Golwali in Konkan in Maharashtra. Padhye means a practising priest. The family first migrated from Konkan to Paithan and later shifted to Nagpur. It was Shri Guruji’s grandfather ..

Background

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The late Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, the founder and first Sarsanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, had laboured incessantly for fifteen long years and given the Sangh an all-Bharat character. In his final address at the Nagpur OTC (Officers’ Training Camp) in 1940, he had remarked “I see here before me the Hindu Rashtra in a miniature form”. Soon after, on June 21, 1940, he left this world after entrusting the responsibility of the Sangh to Shri Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar, alias, Shri Guruji...

Preface

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It is a matter of great pleasure for me to present this English translation of Shri Guruji’s biography, which was originally written in Marathi and later rendered into Hindi. A small biography of Pujaniya Shri Guruji had been brought out in 1956 on the occasion of his fifty-first birthday. Shri Guruji strongly felt it improper to publicise any personal particulars about him. Consequently, no full-fledged biography could be written during his lifetime. The seven volume tome titled ‘Shri Guruji Samagra ..

Publishers’ Note

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We feel very happy to present this English translation of Shri Guruji’s biography in Marathi by the renowned writer Shri C. P. alias Bapurao Bhishikar and later on into Hindi. Shri H. V. Seshadri and other senior workers had expressed the need for such a translation for the benefit of English readers. We, therefore, feel privileged to present this biography of Shri Guruji, the second Sarsanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, rendered into English by Shri Sudhakar Raje...