Sohan Singh ji was like a Guardian to all of us - Mohan Rao Bhagwat

July 18, New Delhi. More than four thousand people gathered at capital's Talkatora Stadium on Saturday evening to remember life of one of the RSS’s senior most pracharak Late Sh. Sohan Singh Ji. RSS chief Mohan Rao Bhagwat, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Ashok Singhal from VHP were present to pay their regards. Sohan Singh Ji took his last breadth late night on 4th of July and his last rites were performed on 5th July in presence of thousands of admirers at Delhi’s Nigam Bodh Ghat cremation ground. 

While addressing the gathering, Mohan Rao Bhagwat, reminded people that natural laws mandates that even God can’t claim to be eternal when they take birth as a human. Once in a while we encounter lives of those few, who teach art of living to others. Sohan Singh Ji was one among those. He considered everybody as part of his own extended family and was always used to take due diligence of worker’s well-being. It would hard to fill the gap his demise has created, but then we all have to draw inspiration from his devoted life and take the task of nation building forward. We should learn complete devotion from his life and learn what all the true traits of a RSS worker are; learning and following would be a true tribute to him.

All the speakers during this event remembered him as someone who led a spartan and simple life devoid of any ego because of his vast experience; as one who was kind for others; but very strict on himself. Home Minister Rajnath Singh recalled incident when during a night of 1965 Indo-Pak war Indian Army requested RSS to arrange for  100 units of blood by the morning and Sohan Singh got 500 RSS workers to line up before Army’s camp by 6am. Such was his devotion to the country and his respect among the workers. He said that Sohan Singh ji had true faith in Indian ethos and such a person can never be narrow minded in his approach towards the world. Such a person can only possess a spiritual all-encompassing view of the world.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi too sent a written tribute and highlighted the fact that Sohan Singh Ji had an impeccable record when it came to code of conduct.

Ashok Singhal met him first time in 1953 at Jagadhri during a RSS camp and said that his working style was reflected from the commitment and working style of workers he nurtured. He decided to devote his life for the country’s good in the pre-independence era; when probably such devotion was called out by national leaders. However we equally need such devotion too in order to fix glaring issues faced by our country.

Bajrang Lal Gupta, who looks after RSS work for northern India, said that Sohan Singh was an excellent organizer and knew art of identifying and nurturing devoted workers. He recalled how once he took upon himself to fill up all the water pots himself during a night despite his frail state. While he used vary about everybody else’s health and well-being; he never talked about issues with her own health or condition. He used to do all his task including washing his clothes himself even till last few days of his life and never accepted any sort of help there from anyone. 

(vsk Delhi)

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  1. I will miss him always. I have seem him coming to my home since childhood in jaipur. He was like my father elder brother. just wrote a piece in his memory here.