A memoir on Pramod Mahajan
Today is the death anniversary of veteran BJP leader Pramod Mahajan. A leader with wide vision and had through understanding on the ideology of Hindutva . He was a mass leader and had a versatile personality. His speeches are still mesmerising and relevant to the politics of India. A blue-eyed boy of Atal Behari Vajpayee, Pramod jee was very much instrumental in spreading the grass root organisation of BJP across the country. He had a strong command over the language, very deep relationships with the cadres . I had a very close rapport with Pramod jee as a journalist .
I could remember a small instance while I was working as a journalist in Organiser weekly. My Editor Dr R Balashankar suggested me to plan a cover story on Role of Ideology in politics. So I requested many senior leaders from different parties. But no one from Congress Party agreed to write in Organiser as it is believes in Hindutva . So I asked Pramod jee to write a piece on this issue and took his help if anyone can write from Congress. Promptly Pramod jee told me that you speak to Janaki Ballav Patnaik. I spoke to JB Patnaik, earlier he was reluctant, but latter he agreed and I met him at Bhubaneswar. JB told me me clearly that: There can’t be any politics without ideology. After his article published in Organiser JB got a notice from AICC. Then it was big news and Pramod jee told me that of course JB was in Congress but he was a strong votary of Hindutva and every Poltician must adhere to the root ideology he belongs to. In that special issue of Organisor, senior leaders like LK Advani, Dr MM Joshi, Kushabhao Thackeray and many spiritual leaders. But believe me, it is in record that among all the articles, views of Pramod Mahajan was so clear, In-depth and full of ideas: Why Politics is linked to deep ideological moorings.
Pramod jee was instrumental in organising all the major political Yatras of LK Advani , Rajnath jee. In fact it was Promod jee who was instrumental in installing BJP Govt in Rajasthan when Smt Vasundhara Raje was elected as Chief Minister. In Maharashtra, Pramod jee was very much popular . When The BJP was organising Silver Jubilee celebrations in Mumbai , it was Pramod jee who was main architect for such grand function, where Atal Jee told in his speech that if I am Ram in BJP then Pramod Mahajan is Lakshman. I personally salute such great leader and pray to God let the soul be in peace always. Bharat Mata Ki Jai
By Deepak Kumar Rath
(Group Editor, Uday India , Delhi)