Most BJP states buying Deendayal Upadhyay works in bulk

The Indian Express had first reported in January that BJP president Amit Shah had asked all BJP-ruled states to ensure that their public, school and college libraries buy the set, released last year.

Written by Shyamlal Yadav | New Delhi | Updated: April 24, 2017 8:57 am
Orders placed by Jharkhand, Assam, MP and Chhattisgarh

At least four BJP-ruled states — Assam, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh — have decided to follow the lead of Haryana and Rajasthan, and are in the process of buying copies of a 15-volume collection of works by Jana Sangh founder Deendayal Upadhyay.

The Indian Express had first reported in January that BJP president Amit Shah had asked all BJP-ruled states to ensure that their public, school and college libraries buy the set, released last year. Around 8,000 sets of the books, edited by Ekatma Manavdarshan Anusandhan Sansthan, a society run by Mahesh Sharma, a former president of the Rajasthan BJP, and published by Delhi-based Prabhat Prakashan, have already been bought by the Rajasthan and Haryana governments.

Rajasthan has asked 361 libraries spread across the state to purchase the 15-volume set, subject to availability of funds. However, according to Naresh Pal Gangwar, Principal Secretary, Education, “The government has not provided any subsidy or support to this project, nor is there a centralised figure with us on how many sets were ordered, and how much has been spent on the purchases.”

Haryana has purchased 5,000 sets of the collected works for Rs 2 crore, The Indian Express reported earlier this month. Each set cost Rs 6,000, but Prabhat Prakashan offered a discount of Rs 2,000 on each set.

Mahesh Sharma of the Ekatma Manavdarshan Anusandhan Sansthan said, “We have completed the books editorially. All sales are being done by Prabhat Prakashan.” An English edition of Deendayal Upadhyay’s Collected Works would be available by the end of the year, Sharma said.

Prabhat Kumar of Prabhat Prakashan said the entire print order had been sold out. “We will print more sets only after receiving fresh orders,” he said. The Ekatma Manavdarshan Anusandhan Sansthan had worked on the set for 10 years, Kumar said.

Interestingly, a similar set of Deendayal Upadhyay’s works, published by the RSS-run Suruchi Prakashan, has not received the same attention. Only around 1,000 sets of the seven-volume collection, priced under Rs 600 for the set, have been sold so far. Two other volumes, comprising Upadhyay’s thoughts on education and environment, to be written by senior BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi and RSS ideologue Bajrang Lal Gupta respectively, are in the pipeline.

“We reprinted this set after 23 years, but are yet to receive a bulk order from any government department,” said a manager at Suruchi Prakashan, who declined to be identified.

Said Kumar of Prabhat Prakashan, “Nobody raised questions when, a few years ago, a particular publisher was benefitted after the biography of Jawaharlal Nehru was made compulsory in Delhi. We are doing no wrong.”

Senior Chhattisgarh government officials told The Indian Express that the state had bought 900 copies of the Prabhat Prakashan volumes, having paid Rs 4,000 for each set. “600 volumes were bought by the Department of Public Relations and 300 sets by the Department of Culture,” said a senior official. “As of now, the plan is to circulate these volumes to all gram panchayats. We will look at what else can be done,” the official said.

The Madhya Pradesh Higher Education Department intends to buy a set each for its 457 government colleges and over 20 universities. Principal Secretary (Higher Education) Ashish Upadhyay said the volumes were intended for reference, so one copy per institution would do.

The Assam government has so far purchased 80 sets, with the Directorate of Library Services paying Rs 4.32 lakh for them. Preetom Saikia, Commissioner for Education, Culture and Library Services, told The Indian Express that although the Directorate can buy up to 264 copies of a book, it bought only 80 copies in the last financial year due to financial constraints. The other 184 copies would be purchased in the current year, he said. The 80 sets already bought are being despatched to various government libraries, beginning with the State Central Library in Guwahati, and district and subdivisional libraries.

Sanjay Kumar, Principal Secretary to Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, said the state had received a proposal from the publisher of the set. “It is being considered by the government. The number of sets that are to be bought and the price etc. will be negotiated,” he said.

Official sources said Jharkhand’s Department of Sports and Youth Affairs is handling the proposal, which includes buying the 15-volume set for educational institutions, and for public representatives like MPs and MLAs so that Upadhyay’s thoughts can be widely disseminated.

Sources in New Delhi said the union Ministry of Culture has purchased 155 sets of the Collected Works. “We have sent one set each to the 152 members of the Deendayal Upadhyay Centenary Celebration Committee,” a senior officer of the Ministry told The Indian Express. “The other three sets are to be kept in the library of the Ministry for reference,” the official said.

Sources said the BJP leadership wants to spread the ideology and thoughts of Deendayal Upadhyay in states like Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, where the party formed governments last month, as well. Efforts were on to sell the sets in bulk in these states, the sources said.

(With Inputs From Reporters –Samudra Gupta Kashyap, Dipankar Ghose, Milind Ghatwai, Prashant Pandey, Khushboo Sandhu, Mahim Pratap Singh)

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    Vicky
    Apr 24, 2017 at 5:19 pm
    Need to rid of fake seculars and anti Hindus
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      Dharamvir Saihgal
      Apr 24, 2017 at 2:52 pm
      Even the school libraries should be asked to buy sufficient number of such books.Apart from being a politician,DDU was a statesman,philosopher,thinker and a guide as well.Such nationalists are born once in a while and leave behind tremendous cultural treasures and legacies.
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        kranti
        Apr 24, 2017 at 2:30 pm
        If they are well-wishers of Dalits they should promote all books of Ambedkar too.
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          Giri Gowda
          Apr 24, 2017 at 11:25 am
          So called Right wing ideology is the really right for Baraht... Not the Left overs of Leftist rotten ideology...
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            Antony
            Apr 24, 2017 at 12:11 pm
            true, now students also can run around highways and kill people for protecting gau mata ! this is the right ideology for Bharat now under sanghi rule!
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              Vicky
              Apr 24, 2017 at 5:15 pm
              Vatican loyalist need not distort the issue when uttering gibberish. Vile imported ideologies are making some Bharatis go berserk.
          2. M
            mumbai
            Apr 24, 2017 at 11:15 am
            Do it sir. Fill all libraries with his books. Who is going to read? you know very well. anyway lot of money will be earned by hindus without corruption. Saving hinduism is great. In this name loot all money from hindus. This is development
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              Chitra Kutir
              Apr 24, 2017 at 11:14 am
              A summary of all books is also needed and main points put on a website. A template of DDU ideas has to be created and put into action !
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                mumbai
                Apr 24, 2017 at 11:05 am
                Good work by Modi government. All libraries will be filled with books. Success for digital India. great developments. All students will read books and develop their knowledge. developments. Bharat mata ki jai.
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                  Shahid Shaikh
                  Apr 24, 2017 at 10:59 am
                  Everything is compulory in the kingdom of Modi .but he should not forget that time never remain same . students should remain students no such type of books read by them . He was a first PM of india .we should have knowledge for that
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                    sari
                    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:48 am
                    Starting fanaticism from the pulpits of knowledge
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                      rameshnk
                      Apr 24, 2017 at 10:18 am
                      All these days fake scamgressis, so called leftist liberals and so called intellectuals were allowed to dominate the Indian media. Now is the time to hear the other side. We were all these days fed with great stories of nehru. The otherside of Nehru, whcih is equal if not worse than his good side was never shown. It is time the poeple know the flaws of Nehru/f hi dynasty and also the narative built up their state funded press utes.
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                        Antony
                        Apr 24, 2017 at 12:06 pm
                        yes we are hearing every day from your side ! attack on nomdic cattle herders in jammu and beating up even 9 year old for gau mata, beating up transporters for transporting buffalos in delhi, attack on saharnpur SP's home and terrorizing his family, attack on two agra police stations by sanghi goons, killing of dairy farmer in alwar for gau mata ! keep on giving us news guys!
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                        Antony
                        Apr 24, 2017 at 9:55 am
                        What is written in that book? To kill people in the name of beef? Or to systematically terrorise minorities and do ethnic cleansing to make India Hindu reashtra?
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                          rameshnk
                          Apr 24, 2017 at 10:12 am
                          You christians are perennial hindu baitors. Go ask your evangelists what business they had in states like Chattisgarh, North East etc. Getting foreign funds and fooling people they used their foreign mney power to convert the poor gullible people. Ask Your churches to restrict themselves to religion, not poltical activism. Why the Churches in Goa ask their follwoers to vote for your particuoar party or take a particualr politcal stand. If you do not know about a subject, do not give out your Gyan!.
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                            mumbai
                            Apr 24, 2017 at 11:12 am
                            Whatever your opinion may be you can not stop hinduism going to dust bin. You yourself do not know what is hinduism. if the question is asked you will say hinduism is anything, anyway anyhow. Talk about vedas but dont follow them. These book matters is only to earn money for some hindus. who is going to read these books? hindus dont understand that this government is more destructive to hindus than other religion. no hindu can pluck any thing of other religion. Killing some some people of other religion is not saving hinduism. This government is sending it to gutter.
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                              Antony
                              Apr 24, 2017 at 11:53 am
                              you sanghi coward afraid of miniscule 2 po tion of christians? first stop your inhuman and ruthless caste system before you talk about conversion. you sanghi terrorist want some reason to cute the defenseless small christian minority so use conversion as a ploy to commit genocide ! just last month RSS converted 53 families to hinduism by putting sword on their head! Do you know about " hare Krishna movement" do you know how many europeans get converted to hinduism in europe by these guys every day? it is peoples free will to belief in any religion or god ! Communal hotheads like you doesnt have humanity or comp ion for fellow human beings! you talibans can only kill and terrorize people in the name of Gau mata which is eaten by 7 billion people all over the world! Gooan christians voted for BJP that is why they are in power ! Get out of your chaddi shakha and see the world before commenting!
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                                Antony
                                Apr 24, 2017 at 12:05 pm
                                No matter what, all Hindus are destined for . Only Muslims, Christians and Jews will go to paradise. That is divine. Hindu faith is based on false premise.
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                              rajan
                              Apr 24, 2017 at 9:28 am
                              Attempts to percolate Hindu School of fanaticism further. DDU may be a revered figure for erstwhile Sanghis & present day Bhajtards yet with RSS in the background& Hindu Mahasabha or Godse as their role models one can imagine in which direction the country is heading. An endeavour to divide the nation through the spread of communalism & parochialism
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                                Shamsul Islam
                                Apr 24, 2017 at 9:06 am
                                RSS/BJP rulers love Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay because he strongly supported VARNA system, Casteism and India under Hindutva rule. He called this Integral Humanism. It is also to be noted that a private publisher is being allowed to mint money by inflated price on Upadhyay's writings. We, the tax-payers are going to foot the bill. In fact, there should be an inquiry in this w scam.
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                                  Rahul
                                  Apr 24, 2017 at 10:07 am
                                  Anganwadis to airports named after g a n d h i family for half a century...no problem for you...now suddenly big issue? Resolve the conflict between shias and sunnis and hundreds of other sects within your community, rather than comment on things which are beyond your comprehension.
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                                    rameshnk
                                    Apr 24, 2017 at 10:15 am
                                    RSS has mcuh better job of building nation and inculcating a sense of nationalism and patriiotism. They are much better anytime than your Madarasas. Ho mcuh These madarasa have built character building the antion and ebverybody knows.
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                                      Aadis
                                      Apr 24, 2017 at 10:53 am
                                      .I have studied in Madrasas for more than 20 years but never taught to fight against any religion . And my religion taught to respect all religion. But from your teaching we can see the hatred on other religion. And is this the religion you want us to follow to create blood shed upon humanity ?
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                                        mumbai
                                        Apr 24, 2017 at 11:28 am
                                        Building nation???? another 5 years you can see the building collapsed.
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                                          Antony
                                          Apr 24, 2017 at 12:02 pm
                                          Teaching building nation or teaching how to kill people for gau mata ??
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                                        Mahender Goriganti
                                        Apr 24, 2017 at 8:57 am
                                        So what even if it written or supported by RSS. Let people understand the truth behind our distorted history sold for 70 years and make up their own minds rather be misguided and live in deception.
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                                          Antony
                                          Apr 24, 2017 at 9:58 am
                                          Yes. Spread your terror manual to destroy the country! Did you had your gober burger and gaumutra cola today morning?
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                                            Vivekananda Pai
                                            Apr 24, 2017 at 10:55 am
                                            Your very comments reveal your ignorance of this great personality.That is exactly the reason such books need to be po rised.There has been a systematic undermining of Indian values through decades, which needs to be rectified at the earliest
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                                          SubbuI
                                          Apr 24, 2017 at 8:14 am
                                          GREAT! NOW STOP READING RABINDRA NATH THAKORE. MAHATHMA HI AND OTHERS. NOW ALL SCHOOL LIBRARYS MUST PURCHASE ALL SANGH IDEOLOGICAL BOOK IN BULK. WHY ONLY BJP RULED FAIR STATES. ALL SOUTH BLACK INDIA ALSO MUST. A PRESENDIAL ORDER MUST BE P ED. THAT IS MODI'S NEW INDIA
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                                            Jojo
                                            Apr 24, 2017 at 9:05 am
                                            Intolerant commie spotted!!!
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                                              Joydeep
                                              Apr 24, 2017 at 9:19 am
                                              Intolerant bhakt spotted.
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                                                rajan
                                                Apr 24, 2017 at 9:31 am
                                                Ulta chor Kotwal Ko Dante
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                                                  rajan
                                                  Apr 24, 2017 at 9:34 am
                                                  Reply is meant for you
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                                                Vivekananda Pai
                                                Apr 24, 2017 at 7:30 am
                                                The commies and congrssies have been buying junk from their people for decades now at Govt.expense and it never became news.Now you bring out this piece when such an important contribution to I Dian ethos is being spread.What a perversion !
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