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Rajju Bhaiya was born in a Kshatriya family in Bulandshahr. His father, Shri Balbir Singh, was the first Indian to be selected for the Indian Engineering Service. Rajju Bhaiya received his primary education in Nainital; later, he studied in the Allahabad University. He was a student of Physics and Atomic Science was his special study. His post-graduation answer papers were checked by Dr CV Raman. Dr Raman was so impressed with his answers that he invited him to engage in research work under him. Meanwhile, he also received an invitation for the appointment to the post of lecturer. Instead of accepting the proposal of research he accepted the post of lecturer and taught in the University of Allahabad up to 1965. In 1966 he became a pracharak of the RSS.

Rajju Bhaiya was born in a Kshatriya family in Bulandshahr. His father, Shri Balbir Singh, was the first Indian to be selected for the Indian Engineering Service. Rajju Bhaiya received his primary education in Nainital; later, he studied in the Allahabad University. He was a student of Physics and Atomic Science was his special study. His post-graduation answer papers were checked by Dr CV Raman. Dr Raman was so impressed with his answers that he invited him to engage in research work under him. Meanwhile, he also received an invitation for the appointment to the post of lecturer. Instead of accepting the proposal of research he accepted the post of lecturer and taught in the University of Allahabad up to 1965. In 1966 he became a pracharak of the RSS.

Rajju Bhaiya always remained detached from all materialistic pleasures and therefore wanted nothing for himself. He used minimum possible clothes. Due to his nature his father got a house constructed for him at Civil lines, Allahabad, but he donated it to Saraswati Shishu Mandir. His father and family members got the impression that he would donate whatever would be given to him to this or that service organisation. Therefore, he was not given any share of his paternal property. He always kept aloof from his family. In Allahabad he lived in a room of the same Shishu Mandir. He spent most of his life in the offices of the Sangh. He was never an account holder in any bank nor did he own even an inch of land. Simplicity of his nature and cordiality to everyone made him a man of his own style. In spite of his sincerity and complete dedication to the Sangh, he was liked by a large number of people in political parties. Working for the prestigious post of Sarsangh Chalak, he was always cordial to all. Though physically he became sick, it never had any effect on his mind and intellect. He remained active till he was alive. He was always a supporter of education, Seva, Samarvata and harmony of thoughts. That is why all the decisions taken by him as Sarsangh Chalak helped the Sangh to widen its scope. His liberal thinking was widely supported. In spite of being a scholar of physics, his expression was always lucid.

During the Ayodhya movement in 1989, when we were arrested by the Mulayam Singh Government, Rajju Bhaiya, Mahant Avaidynath and I were kept in the guesthouse of Jim Corbett Park. Though Mr Yadav had made high-level arrangements for the arrested persons, Rajju Bhaiya used to wash and dry his clothes himself and keep them under his pillow so that they would need no ironing. Being diabetic, he had to take insulin, but he used to inject it himself. Sometimes he used to prepare tea for everyone. Often in the evening he used to go for walk. We accompanied him up to a long distance in the forests of Jim Corbett followed by the police. He used to laugh and say, “Brother! We and Mahantji are old and we cannot run. And Chinmayanand can’t leave us alone. Then why are you following us?” When constables said they were following us to protect us from wild animals, he said, “Tigers do live here, but you should know that tigers never attack tigers. All three of us are tigers and we don’t need any kind of protection!”

A staunch theist, he always kept an edition of Sunderkand Gutka, presented by Brahmachari Prabhu Dattji Maharaj, with him, with a small picture of Lord Hanuman inside. On November 30, 1989, when a programme of marching towards the Ram temple was made by the karsevaks in Ayodhya, he, in spite of being in Jim Corbett, advised me and Mahantji to fast and read Sunderkand so that no untoward incident took place there. When the problem of finding a copy of Sunderkand in the forest came up, he took out his Gutka and gave us. We read Sunderkand keeping that picture of Lord Hanuman in front of us which he always preserved.

He was emotional to the suffering of others and regarded it his duty to help them. Once I was travelling with him to Bhagalpur by Vikramshila Express for the inauguration of a Saraswati Shishu Mandir. We were travelling in an AC coach; the lower berths were reserved for us. At night both of us went to sleep on those berths. In the morning, when I woke up, I saw someone else sleeping on his berth; he was seated in a corner. When I wanted him to tell me about the new guest, he gestured me to remain silent. It so happened that, as per daily routine, when he woke up at four am, he went to the toilet and felt that someone was hanging by the door handle of the coach. It was winter. He opened the door and saw a boy of nine or 10 shivering in the cold, somehow managing a toehold on the steps. He asked him in and made him sleep on his birth. On the way, he got some milk supplied from somewhere. He woke up the boy, opened the thermos and gave him hot milk to drink. When his followers came to meet him in Patna, he handed over that boy to them with instructions that after asking his address, arrangements be made to send him to his house.

Rajju Bhaiya was not a politician. But as a person he influenced the politics of the country more than any other person could have in recent Indian history. He inspired the leaders of the BJP to rise above the thesis of political untouchability and work with the people of parties with different ideologies in the interest of the nation. I remember when the matter of supporting Ms Mayawati to form a Government in Uttar Pradesh became an issue for the first time, many senior leaders of the party were against it. Many leaders were angry with the BSP’s slogan in which “Tilak, taraju and talwar” are mentioned. Rajju Bhaiya said, “Sometimes convenance may mend sacrament. It may be possible that after coming nearer to you, the BSP may keep itself away from this social bitterness. After all, we are all Hindus and when we talk about Hindutva or unity of Hindus, we should give preference to the downtrodden and the most backward.”

It was Rajju Bhaiya who inspired me to contest elections. When I tried to avoid, saying I am a saint and an apolitical person, he said, “If Hanumanji accepted bindings for the cause of Shri Ram, you should also accept political bindings for the cause of the Ram temple.” He remained anxious at the time of every election I contested and after winning one, the first telephonic message of congratulations always came from him. I found in him an image of father, guru and guide. Even during his last days in illness, he was ever eager to meet volunteers, workers and visitors. No doubt, his body became old but his voice and views always remained fresh.

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