Who was Nanaji Deshmukh?

A social activist, Nanaji played an important role in carrying out social restructuring programme in over 500 villages of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: October 11, 2017 12:56 pm
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Born in small town Kadoli in Maharashtra’s Parbhani district on October 11, 1916, Nanaji Deshmukh was a Sangh Parivar veteran, founder member of the Janata Party and one of the seniormost members of the Bharatiya Janata Party.

Nanaji was an active participant of the Bhoodan Movement launched by Acharya Vinoba Bhave. He also extended his support to Jayaprakash Narayan’s call for ‘Total Revolution’. Nanaji was elected to Lok Sabha from Balrampur parliamentary constituency of Uttar Pradesh.

A social activist, Nanaji played an important role in carrying out social restructuring programme in over 500 villages of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. He established the country’s first Saraswati Sishu Mandir at Gorakhpur in 1950 and was the founder of Deendayal Research Institute situated at Chitrakoot.

Credited with exemplary work in the field of education, health and rural self-reliance, Nanaji was nominated to the Rajya Sabha in 1999 in recognition of his services to the nation. A Padma Vibhushan awardee, Nanaji also established Chitrakoot Gramodya Vishwavidyalaya, India’s first rural university and also served as its first Chancellor.

He passed away on February 27, 2010 in Chitrakoot, at the age of 93. After his demise, his body was donated to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), as per his wishes.

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    Oct 11, 2017 at 3:48 pm
    Nanaji first set his foot in the Naxal hit districts of Andhra Pradesh aftwr relinquishing all his political connections only for doing social service and serving the downtrodden tribals. After this he never looked back. There are hardly any politicos who can follow in his footsteps and even do 10 of his work. Naxalites could hardly touch him b3cause of the great respect he commanded from the population.
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      ashis
      Oct 11, 2017 at 3:31 pm
      Another sanghi terrorist.
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        anil
        Oct 11, 2017 at 12:37 pm
        It is hard .. very hard to find such selfless person working for society without any expectation from the society. Thanks express for reminding about such person. Otherwise media is happy talking about ....
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