Last Updated: 07 Feb, 2023 | Views: 324
Other Profession(s): Social Worker, Activist
Famous For: Social Activist and Bharat Ratna Awardee
Higher Education: Birla College (Now BITS Pilani)
Nanaji Deshmukh was born on October 11, 1916 and died on February 27, 2010. Born into a poor family, he grew up in poverty. However, his desire to study was strong despite the lack of money, so he became a vegetable vendor to raise money for his studies. Bal Gangadhar Tilak's theories (an Indian independence activist and nationalist) greatly inspired him as a child. The Maharashtra-born artist spent most of his life in North India, mostly Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Madhya Pradesh, even though he was born in Bombay Presidency (now Maharashtra).
In 1928: Nanaji Deshmukh joined the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh).
In 1947: RSS launched two journals in 1947, 'Rashtradharma' and 'Panchjanya,' in which Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as an editor.
In 1950: Because of his efforts, India's first SaraswatiShishu Mandir (School) opened in 1950 in Gorakhpur, which he always emphasized.
In 1969: Having retired from active politics in 1969, he founded the Deendayal Research Institute.
In 1977: The Ministry of Industry was offered to Nanaji by Morarji Desai in 1977 after he became Prime Minister. It was, however, rejected by Nanaji.
Awards & honour:
In 1999: Padma Vibhushan
In 2005: Dnyaneswar Award
In 2019: Bharat Ratna
As a mark of respect to Nanaji Deshmukh, the Government of India issued stamps in his honor in 2017.
Despite his heavy workload, he opened the first SaraswatiShishu Mandir (School) in India in 1950 due to his hard work.
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