Dattatreya Hosabale A “Guru” from South destined to lead the nation
Lord Dattatreya, among the pantheon of Hindu gods, is regarded and worshipped as “Guru” – a teacher or a master. A blend of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Maheshwara, Dattatreya . considered as the Lord who guides the humanity by his knowledge and wisdom.
It may be a divine coincidence that Hosabale Couple – Meenakshamma and Seshagiriappa – residents of Soraba, a picturesque taluk in the Shimoga district, the Malnad region of Karnataka state – named their son as Dattatreya who was destined to lead the country six decades later.
Look at the cosmic coincidence; the child, which later came to be called Dattatreya Hosabale – chose the date on which he should take birth; 1.12.1954 – One being the Lord Sun; 12 means 1+2 = 3 means Guru; and the combination of 1954 becoming One, again the number belonging to Sun Lord! By choosing its date of birth, the child indicated about its destiny. Six decades later, Dattatreya Hosabale was elected as the Sarkaryavaha of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the second position next to the Sarsanghachalak Mohan Bhagawat. In political parlance, Sarkaryavaha is equivalent to National General Secretary.
After having completed his primary education in Kannada medium in the local government school at Soraba, Dattatreya Hosabale was initiated into RSS in mid-60s. He went on to complete his M.A. English Literature from National College, Bangalore.
“It was 21-year old Dattatreya Hosabale who visited Hotel Ashok Bangalore in the morning of 26th June 1975 to inform Vajpayee, Advani and others that Smt Indira Gandhi had declared emergency in the country,” said M.H. Sridhar whose association with Hosabale is for about five decades.
Though 21-year old Dattatreya Hosabale managed to remain an underground activist to mobilise public opinion against the emergency, he, however, was arrested and lodged first in Bangalore Central jail and later was shifted to Bellary Central Prison.
After emergency, this intellectually-bright young boy decided to dedicate his life for the cause of motherland through the medium of Akhila Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP). That was a modest beginning of what was destined to become a mammoth affair later.
A polyglot (proficient in many languages), Dattatreya Hosabale gave a new dimension, a new dynamism and fresh fillip to the ABVP and made it a nationalist as well a national organization in the real-and-true sense of the word. Student Experience in Inter-state Living (SEIL), a unique programme to enable the students of various parts of the country to get an insight into different culture and tradition is the brain-child of Dattatreya Hosabale,
Meticulous in his thoughts, action, planning and implementation, man of mathematical precision and razor-sharp articulation, Dattatreya Hosabale attributes his “complete personality’ to the ideological mooring and persona-grooming by Yeshwanth Rao Kelkar, Yadava Rao Joshi, H.V. Seshadri, Ajit Kumar and M.C. Jayadeva.
A genuine leader who believes in leading from the front, Dattatreya Hosabale conceived a programme – Chalo Kashmir – in 1990- where thousands of youths were mobilized from throughout the country to march to Srinagar. Jammu and Kashmir had become a haven of Pakistan-trained terrorists who had unleashed orgy of senseless violence and threatened the unity and integrity of India. The mass mobilization of lakhs of youths rattled the V.P. Singh government and forced New Delhi to have a second good look at the problem.
Dattatreya Hosabale’s penance-like efforts paid off as the rickety government headed by V.P. Singh agreed to send a high-level delegation consisting of MPs and officials to Srinagar “to take stock of the fast-deteriorating” situation.
A strict practitioner of absolute professionalism in his interaction with other RSS-inspired organisations, Dattatreya Hosabale always maintains a “thus-far-no-further” distance from these outfits.
“All the RSS-inspired organisations are independent of functioning and are competent to take decisions on their own in the interest of the country. The intervention of the RSS in those organizations is only to the limited extent of bringing clarity on ideological issues and matters pertaining to service-oriented activities. Otherwise, there is no day-to-day interference by the RSS and this includes the BJP also,” Hosabale says.
He keeps repeating and reiterating this in order to clarify the RSS position vis-à-vis BJP as the people tend to look at the Sangh whenever things go wrong in the saffron party, as it usually happens.
A prolific writer and a voracious reader, Dattatreya Hosabale is firmly committed to the Hindutva ideology as any hard core swayamsevak but at the same time, he is flexible in his approach and attitude towards “knowing and learning” about the other ideas too, especially about the modern-day technology and life-style.
A pragmatist who understands the intricacies and nuances of the ever-changing society, Hosabale often tells his colleagues to read a book “Eternal Values for a Changing Society” authored by Swami Ranganathananda.
“Society is not static; society is dynamic and it keeps changing according to the need of the time; it has to change, otherwise it would die a slow-death like some of the other civilisations. However, just because the society changes, the time-tested values that sustain the society does not and will not change. It is wrong to say that anything western is modern. Modernism is not in dress and life-style but in our conduct and behavior; etiquettes and manners; in the holistic way we look at the societal probloems” Dattatreya Hosabale had once said, in his talk in Bangalore. I was fortunate to have been present in that talk.
It is against this background, Dattatreya Hosabale, in his maiden press conference after taking over as Sarkaryavaha said that “RSS is not against inter-faith marriage” conducted by two mutually-agreeing boy and girl with bona-fide intentions but RSS is against using marriage as a devious tool for conversion and hence back the laws against Love Jihad. Embodiment of clarity; personification of perfection; epitome of precision” indeed!
What might have clinched the issue of elevating Dattatreya Hosabale from the post of Saha-Sarkaryavaha (Joint General Secretary) to Sarkaryavaha (General Secretary)? RSS, which came into existence on Vijayadashami Day in 1925 at Nagpur, will complete 100 years in 1925. The Sangh is all set to take up thousands of service-oriented activities from Vijayadashami of 2024 to go on till 2025 – a year-long centenary celebrations.
Dattatreya Hosabale, now 66, will have to conceive and evolve multi-dimensional programmes, not only within the country but also abroad, where RSS is known as Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh. This task of chalking out programmes for the next three years – 2021 to 2024 – and later carrying it forward for the next three years is indeed a daunting task.
Apart from age – he is eight years younger to Suresh Bhaiyya Joshi – Dattatreya Hosabale has a friendly and cordial but mutually respectful relationship with the media both national and international – because of which he will be able to articulate the Sangh’s ideas more cogently. His stint as National General Secretary of the ABVP has enabled him to continue to have “live contacts” with lakhs of youths in all the districts throughout the country.
This vast army of dedicated youths will come in handy for the RSS to carry out its activities effectively and efficiently.
The 15th century French Seer and Clairvoyant Nostradamus is said to have predicted that “a man from South India will emerge and lead Hindu Nation towards its pinnacle of glory”. Is Dattatreya Hosabale that man, predicted by Nostradamus?
By S. A. Hemanth from bengaluru