Prominent face of Ram Janmabhoomi movement Ashok Singhal passed away on 17 November 2015 leaving a void in the life of his followers. A most respected member of the Sangh Parivar, he was instrumental in launching Ram Janki Rath Yatra in 1985 which saw the opening of the locks at Ram Janmabhoomi in Ayodhya. Born in a well-to-do family he was a metallurgy engineering graduate from prestigious Banaras Hindu University. A devout Hindu he devoted his entire life to the Ram Mandir movement.
Known as one of the chief architect of Ram Janambhoomi movement, Ashok Singhal, was one of the sturdiest pillars of Hindutva ideology. A most respected member of the Sangh Parivar, he was considered a role model for pracharaks. He made Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) a forefront organisation against illegal conversions. Under his leadership first VHP Dharma Sansad was held for the first time in 1984 at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi, to discuss the issues of rejuvenating Hinduism. The following years saw his involvement in various movements across the nation. He made Vishva Hindu Parishad a forefront of various Hindu movements.
Born on 15 September 1926 in Agra, Ashok Singhal remained single all through his life. His father was a government official. Singhal was a metallurgy engineering graduate from prestigious Banaras Hindu University. Hailing from well-to-do family his palatial bungalow, Mahavir Bhawan in Allahabad was just behind the historic Anand Bhawan. His brother BP Singhal was an IPS officer of the 1955 batch. From the very begining he was inclined towards the Hindutva ideology and so joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1942. He became a full-time pracharak after graduation. During his lifetime he worked in various parts of the country spearheading various movements. He was a trained vocalist in Hindustani music. Singhal died on 17 November 2015 at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon, aged 89.
Life as an Hindu Ideologue
Singhal first encountered the RSS while he was studying for a B Tech at Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in the 40s. He alongwith Rajendra Singh and Atal Behari Vajpayee became pracharaks and remained unmarried. Singhal became a pracharak in 1949. His tenure as prant pracharak of Delhi and Haryana helped in spreading the messages of Hinduism across wide part of Northern India. Many times he adopted an aggressive style in promoting the cause of Hinduism.
After been deputed to the VHP by then RSS chief Bala Saheb Deoras in 1981 he made his presence felt by organising first VHP Dharma Sansad at Vigyan Bhavan in New Delhi. It was one of the widely covered event of 1984 and was convened to discuss the issues of rejuvenating Hinduism. He was chief architect of Ramjanmabhoomi movement which began soon after the Dharma Sansad. By launching Ram Janki Rath Yatra in 1985 which saw the opening of the locks at Ram Janmabhoomi he made his ambition crystal clear which was to built a new temple there. He spearheaded the Ayodhya movement and raised voice on the Ram mandir issue. A devout Hindu he devoted his entire life his life to the Ram Mandir movement. Sadly he did not witness the Ram Mandir being built in his lifetime.
Suffering from respiratory problems Ashok Singhal was admitted to Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon and was on ventilator support in the ICU for quite some time. Despite best efforts his health deteriorated and he passed away on 17 November 2015 at the age of 89.
Politicians and celebrities all mourned the death of the veteran VHP leader Ashok Singhal. People from wide spectrum of life took the micro-blogging site Twitter to pay condolences to the departed soul.
Narendra Modi: Ashok Singhal ji was the force behind several noble deeds & social work, which benefitted the poor. He is an inspiration for generations.
Anandiben Patel: Saddened by demise of Shri Ashok Singhal ji.His contribution to the nation & society’ll be remembered forever. I pray for his departed soul!
Manohar Lal Khattar: Extremely Saddened to hear about the demise of Ashok Singhal ji. May his departed Soul Rest in Peace. My Condolences to his family.
Dr. Subhash Chandra: Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ashok Singhal ji. He dedicated his life selflessly in serving the nation.
Anurag Thakur: Saddened to hear abt the demise of senior VHP leader Shri
Ashok Singhal Ji. My deepest condolences to his family.
Rajnath Singh: Deeply saddened to learn of Shri Ashok ji Singhal's demise. He was one of the leading lights of 'Shri Ramjanmabhoomi Andolanan'.
Prakash Javadekar: It is a sad demise of a determined leader. #AshokSinghal Ji will be remembered for his clarity of thought and dedication.
Sadananda Gowda: Deeply saddened by demise of great leader Sh.Ashok Singhal ji.who dedicated his life to service of people.my condolences are with his family
Sambit Patra: Shocking to learn that Sh Ashok Singhal ji is no more ..my Prayers with the departed Soul ..May He Rest in Peace!
Rao Inderjit Singh: Rest in peace Shri Ashok Singhal ji.
Dr Rakesh Sinha: Hindu confidence has been shatterd since d partition Ashok Singhal resurrected confidence among Hindus.
Madhavan Narayanan: He was the force behind the Ramjanmabhoomi Movement on which BJP rode to prominence and power. Ashok Singhal, VHP's lost warrior, RIP
Tarun Vijay: Respected Ashok ji Singhal is no more. His life was a great saga of Hindu society's rejuvenation.An ideal RSS Swayamsewak.
Members of RSS, Vishva Hindu Parishad and Many Others.
(FAN OF Shri ASHOK SINGHAL)
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