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Dattopant Thengadi Jayanti Today is the 102nd birth anniversary of Dattopant Thengadi, the founder of the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, while paying tribute to Dattopant Thengdi, wrote on his official Twitter account, “Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Founder of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, on the birth anniversary of the revered Late Dattopant Thengdi ji. This holy land will always be indebted to you for the unique work you have done for the progress of the nation through the upliftment of the farmers and the disabled.
Who was Dattopant Thengadi?
Dattopant Thengadi was born on 10 November 1920 in RV village, Wardha, Maharashtra. His real name was Dattatreya Thengadi. On the interests of Swadeshi and laborers, the Government of India also gave Padma Bhushan to Thengadi for his social work but he refused to take it. Thengadi also authored more than a hundred small and big books and many of his speeches on subjects of national importance are read and heard even today.
Life dedicated to the service of society and nation
Dattopant Thengadi was a pracharak of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. During his lifetime, he founded and was a founding member of many organizations working in the interests of students, workers, farmers, customers, lawyers, economic development and the environment. The thing to note is that today all these organizations have taken a nationwide form and lakhs of people are associated with each organization.
Dattopant Thengadi, who was a founding member of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, had founded many organizations like Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Paryavaran Manch, Swadeshi Jagran Manch during his lifetime. Apart from these, Thengdi was also a founding member of organizations like All India Advocates Council, All India Grahak Panchayat and Bharatiya Vichar Kendra.
He was an active member of ‘Hindustan Socialist Republican Association’ in the freedom struggle. To learn the work of the trade union, he also worked in the ‘Indian National Trade Union Congress’ and also played the role of its executive secretary.
Thengadi was a Rajya Sabha MP from the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1964 to 1976. Thengdi also guided many political and social organizations with his efficient leadership ability during the anti-Emergency movement in 1975.
Opposing the one-sided nature of globalization
Dattopant Thengadi was not in support of the one-sided nature of globalization. In the period from 1990 to 2000, when India was adopting the policy of globalization under the pressure of rich countries, Thengadi formed an organization named ‘Swadeshi Jagran Manch’ for national consensus on economic policies in the interest of India. Dattopant Thengadi believed that western countries want to globalize capital only because they have it in abundance but a country like India has availability of labor, why its globalization is stopped.
Dattopant Thengdi’s ideology is behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Atmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan”. In the year 2020, he wrote on his official Twitter handle, “I bow to Dattopant Thengadi ji on the special occasion of his birth centenary. He will always be remembered for his unwavering commitment to national progress and the welfare of our workers, who made India proud. Played an important role in the upliftment of the economy.
Dattopant Thengadi died on 14 October 2004. Many big politicians and social workers of the country and abroad had attended his funeral.
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Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee remembered him and said that “I have an old relationship with Thengdiji. I was present in the Bhopal meeting in which the decision to form the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh was taken. He also said that “Thengdi ji ne jo Whatever is written, it should be read by all of us. I think it will guide us in the long run”.
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Story first published: Thursday, November 10, 2022, 18:55 [IST]