It was shocking news to the journalists in India, especially in TamilNadu that one of the active, sensible and versatile personalities among them had breathed his last on 4th of July 2018. The death was untimely at his age of 54. He was Bahusrutham Ramamoorthy Haran @ B R Haran.
Haran was a versatile personality. Switching his career over from a highly paid management job in the corporate world to a moderately paid job, which was satisfactory to his mind and soul, in the world of journalism. A man who had a good semblance to an army officer not only in looks but also in the way he conducted himself. A person who commanded respect by his deeds and also with words.
Haran took to journalism and social activism after much deliberations. The immediate reason was in 2004, when the world of Hindus
witnessed with rude shock the arrest of the Seers of the Kanchi Mutt in Andhra Pradesh. He believed to the core of his soul that it was injustice meted out to the Seers and to the Hindu community. During this period he started penning down his thoughts and thus emerged into the world of journalism. Then he never looked back.
He was active in many fields including journalism, preserving and managing Hindu temples, Recovery of looted and encroached temple properties, Animal welfare, Education, Nationalism were to name a few. Of late, he ventured into stage play and acted in a drama on the nationalist poet Mahakavi Subramanya Bharathi. He donned the roles of freedom fighter Subrahmanya Shiva and Mandayam Srinivasacharyar, a mentor of Poet Bharathi.
He played a key role in helping manage the One Teacher Schools across the State of TamilNadu which provides education free of cost to village students from elementary classes to 8th Standard. He had been involved with various organisations associated with Nationalistic and Dharmic causes.
He had been associated with Vedic Science Research Center, which has been working for the Hindu community, helping to spread Dharmic values among children, exposing the forcible conversion by missionaries and activities of Jihadi elements. His role in many of the key activities by that organisation has been noteworthy. He has been involved in care of elephants in various temples in TamilNadu.
Well-travelled is the term that fits him. He had ventured to the holy city of Banares umpteen number of times in the past 15 years, that he knew the city in and out like his hometown. He had been to various holy cities across the nation and had been sharing his experiences through writing travelogues in Tqmil.
A meeting was organized by Vedic Science Research Center to condole the death of Haran. Among others, Shri.H.Raja, National Secretary of BJP, Shri. Jataayu, Editor of TamilHindu website, Shri.Haran Prasanna, Editorial member of Valam Magazine, Founder-Director of VSRC Shri.Bala Gauthaman, Friends, relatives and colleagues of Haran participated in the meet. It was discussed to start a Trust in the name of Haran to spread nationalistic outlook among youngsters and journalists.
Haran will be remembered for his untiring work towards nationalistic and Dharmic causes. He will also be remembered for his mentorship and guidance to budding journalists. Uday India will miss its brilliant consulting editor.