Laxman Vasudev Paranjape

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Laxman Vasudev Paranjape
Laxman Vasudev Paranjape

(1877-11-20)20 November 1877
Died22 February 1958(1958-02-22) (aged 80)
Nagpur, India
Other namesDoctor,Dada(by family and friends)
Known forSarsanghachalak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh

Laxman Vasudev Paranjape (L. V. Paranjape - लक्ष्मण वासुदेव परांजपे) was a member of the Hindu nationalist organisation Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), along with its first Sarsanghchalak Keshav Baliram Hedgewar. Paranjpe also served as the Acting Sarsanghchalak (1930–1931) when Hedgewar went to jail during the Forest Satyagraha.[1]

Early life[edit]

The family of Paranjape was belonging to the small place called Wada in Konkan. He was born on 20 November 1877 in Nagpur. He did his schooling in Wardha till 9th and later moved to Nagpur. He completed his schooling from Neelcity highschool and got medical degree from Grand Medical college, Mumbai. He started serving in Nagpur from 1904 after his graduation. He was follower of Bal Gangadhar Tilak. He was instrumental in organizing 1920 Congress conference in Nagpur where he met Dr. K. B. Hedgewar.

Dr. Paranjape was married to Umabai. [2]


In the 1920 session of the Indian National Congress held in Nagpur, which was the biggest conference ever then, a total number of 14583 delegates were present. A volunteer organisation called Bharat Swayamsewak Mandal was formed by Paranjape and Hedgewar, had undertaken the arrangements of the conference. All the volunteers were asked to wear a uniform, which was later adopted by the RSS as its own official uniform from 1925 to 1940. He was instrumental in increasing RSS branches during his tenure.


  1. ^ "Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh: Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS)". Retrieved 23 May 2014.
  2. ^ Pranjape


  1. ^ Palkar, Nana. Dr.Hedgewar.