By Pradyu M
In thinker, writer, orator, scholar and director of the Bharatheeya Vichar Kendram, P Parameswaran’s demise, the Sangh Parivar, the RSS and Indian political and spiritual field, in general, have lost a stalwart who dedicated his life on Hindu and Indian spiritualism and ideology.
He was fondly called as Parameswarji by Sangh Parivar and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders and worked with prominent leaders like Deendayal Upadhyaya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani during the Jana Sangh days. Parameswaran was also a freedom fighter and served as all India general secretary of the Jan Sangh in the 1960s.
He was honoured with Padma Shri in 2004 and the country’s second-highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan in 2018.
Parameswarji was a prolific writer, poet, researcher and a widely-respected RSS ideologue. He was the Bharatiya Jana Sangh’s secretary (1967–1971) and vice president (1971–1977), as well as the director of the Deendayal Research Institute (1977–1982).
He served the political and social spheres in Kerala and played a pivotal role in spreading the influence of the Jana Sangh in the Kerala politics dominated by the LDF and the UDF. A very well known scholar, writer and orator he was attracted to Sangh ideology at a very young age and later became a ‘pracharak,’ full-time worker of the RSS in 1951 and devoted his life to it. He was widely respected and admired by all including his political opponents.
Though he was offered many posts owing to his calibre and mettle, he declined all of them clearly showing his dedication to his duty and work rather than being avaricious for power. If Kerala now boasts of having the highest number of RSS shakhas in the nation, the credit goes to Parameswaran.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his message, has said that his was a life devoted to India’s cultural awakening, spiritual regeneration and serving the poorest of the poor.
Parameswarji’ will remain an immortal colossus in the political and social spheres and a role model and guide to those researching and studying on Indian spiritualism, heritage and culture. May his soul rest in peace.