Giriraj Kishore

Acharya Giriraj Kishore (4 February 1920 - 13 July 2014) was an Indian activist representing Hindu nationalism. He served as senior vice-president of Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the religious wing of the Hindu nationalist Sangh Parivar.

life

Kishore was from Etah Village Misauli (Near Jalesar-Hathras) of Uttar Pradesh. He had done his Masters in Hindi literature, History and Political Science. As a school teacher in the town of Morena, he caught the attention of Vijayaraje Scindia, a prominent leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party from the region. Mrs. Scindia, whose sympathies lay with VHP, gave him a start in the organisation during the Ram Janmabhoomi agitation,[1] with which he came to be closely associated. He acted as joint general secretary, general secretary and senior vice president of the International wing of the Vishva Hindu Parishad.

Activism

  • Acharya Giriraj Kishore was one of the leading figures of the Ram Janmabhoomi Andolan.
  • Fought against conversions of Hindus by Christian missionaries.
  • Goraksha Andolan (Save Cows)
  • Fought against Emergency for democracy and was jailed
  • Social welfare acts
  • Scientific visionary who had donated his eyes to Army R&R Hospital in Delhi and his body to a medical college.

On October 16 in Jhajjar district, Haryana, five Dalit youths were lynched by a mob, reportedly led by members of the VHP in the presence of local police officials, following false rumors that the Dalits had killed a cow. Nearly a month later five people were arrested, prompting a backlash by villagers who pelted police with stones and blocked off roads for nearly a week. The local leader of the VHP, Acharya Giriraj Kishore, said he had no regrets over the incident and that the life of a cow was worth more than that of five Dalits.[2]

Kishore died on 13 July 2014 at RK Puram, New Delhi.He donated his body to Medical college for social cause.[3]

References

  1. "Band of Brothers", by Pradeep Kaushal, The Indian Express Archived 2007-06-22 at the Wayback Machine., 17 March 2002
  2. "Human Rights Watch World Report 2003: Asia: India". www.hrw.org. Retrieved 2017-10-23.
  3. "Veteran VHP leader Giriraj kishore passes away". Patrika Group. 14 July 2014. Archived from the original on 14 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2014.
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