H. V. Sheshadri

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H. V. Sheshadri (Kannada: ಹೊ ವೆ ಶೇಷಾದ್ರಿ, Hindi: हो वे शेषाद्री, Birth: 1926 - Death: 2005) was an Indian author and a social activist. He was one of the most important leaders of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh and devoted his entire life for promoting the Hindu cause.[1]


He was born in 1926 in Bangalore. He completed his master's degree is Chemistry from Bangalore University.

Having been inspired by the ideals and principles of the RSS from his childhood, he became a Pracharak (full-time worker) of the RSS in 1946 and played a pivotal role in the growth of the RSS in Karnataka. He held various responsibilities in the RSS such as Pranth pracharak, Kshetra pracharak and finally became Sarkaryavaha of the RSS in 1987.[1] Due to his failing health, he retired as Sarkaryavaha in 2000 and became Akhil Bharatiya Pracharak pramukh, a post he held until his death.

An excellent writer, He received the Karnataka State Sahitya Akademi Award in 1982 for his work Torberalu.[1] He also wrote several articles for the Vikrama, Utthana, Organiser, Panchajanya and other periodicals.

He criticized Sita Ram Goel for his polemical writings, and may have been one of the persons responsible for Sita Ram Goel's and K.R. Malkani's ouster from the Organiser.[2][3]

His book "The Tragic Story of Partition" was praised by Sita Ram Goel,[4] and quoted by Prime Minister Vajpayee [1].

He was one of the most senior and respected leaders of the Sangh Parivar and inspired thousands of RSS workers. He commanded respect from the entire Sangh spectrum ranging from the top BJP leadership to the ordinary RSS worker. He made a major contribution in communicating nationalistic thoughts and RSS ideology to the masses through his brilliant speeches and writings. After leading a life devoted to the service of his nation and his countrymen, he died in 2005. His funeral was attended by thousands of people.[1]


  • Yugavatara (on Shivaji),
  • Amma Bagilu Tege (Essays),
  • Chintanaganga,
  • The Tragic Story of Partition[5]
  • Bhugilu (on Emergency struggle).
  • Torberalu
  • A Bunch of thoughts
  • Samaja Yoga
  • RSS : A vision in action


  1. ^ a b c d Organiser - Content
  2. ^ Goel:Freedom of Expressison, How I became a Hindu
  3. ^ Koenraad Elst: BJP vis-a-vis Hindu resurgence
  4. ^ Goel: Muslim Separatism - Causes and Consequences
  5. ^ Bangalore Jagarana Prakashana 1982

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