H. V. Sheshadri

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H. V. Sheshadri (Kannada: ಹೊ ವೆ ಶೇಷಾದ್ರಿ, Hindi: हो वे शेषाद्री, b. 1926 - d. 2005) was an Indian author and social activist. He was one of the most significant leaders of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and devoted his entire life for promoting the Hindu cause.[1]


He was born in 1926 in Bangalore. He completed his master's degree in chemistry from Bangalore University.

Having been inspired by the ideals and principles of the RSS from childhood, he became a Pracharak ("full-time worker") of the RSS in 1946 and would play a pivotal role in the growth of the RSS in Karnataka. He held various responsibilities in the RSS such as Pranth pracharak, Kshetra pracharak and finally became Sarkaryavaha of the RSS in 1987.[1] Due to his failing health, he retired as Sarkaryavaha in 2000 and was henceforth the organization's Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak Pramukh, a post he held until his death.

An excellent writer, he received the Karnataka State Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982 for his work Torberalu.[1] He also wrote several articles for Vikrama, Utthana, The Organiser, Panchajanya, as well as other periodicals.

He criticized Sita Ram Goel's writing, describing is as "polemical" and may have been one of the persons responsible for Goel and K.R. Malkani's ouster as contributors to The Organiser.[2][3]

Despite this, Goel praised Sheshadri's work The Tragic Story of Partition,[4] a work that would be quoted by Prime Minister Vajpayee [1].

He was one of the most senior and respected leaders of the Sangh Parivar and inspired thousands of RSS workers. He commanded respect throughout the Sangh, ranging from BJP leaders to the ordinary RSS workers. He made a major contribution in communicating nationalistic thoughts and RSS ideology to the masses through his brilliant speeches and writings. After leading a life devoted to the service of his nation and his countrymen, he died in 2005. His funeral was attended by thousands of people.[1]


  • Yugavatara (on Shivaji),
  • Amma Bagilu Tege (Essays),
  • Chintanaganga
  • The Tragic Story of Partition[5]
  • Bhugilu (on the Emergency struggle)
  • Torberalu
  • A Bunch of thoughts[citation needed]
  • Samaja Yoga
  • RSS : A vision in action


  1. ^ a b c d Organiser - Content
  2. ^ Goel:Freedom of Expressison, How I became a Hindu
  3. ^ Koenraad Elst: BJP vis-a-vis Hindu resurgence
  4. ^ Goel: Muslim Separatism - Causes and Consequences
  5. ^ Bangalore Jagarana Prakashana 1982

External links

  • Obituary
  • Sheshadri
  • Tribute
  • Biography of Golwalkar by Sheshadri
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