Shradheya Bhaorao Deoras


Shradheya Bhaorao Deoras, a great soul, was born in Nagpur on November 19, 1917. He was younger brother of the Third Sar Sanghachalak Ma. Bala Saheb ji Deoras. He came in touch with Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, the founder of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS), in his childhood. He came to Uttar Pradesh in 1937 to work for the expansion of Sangh and joined Lucknow University. He was a meritorious student and stood first in his B.Com and LLB examinations and was awarded a Gold medal for his outstanding performance. He was also elected the President of the Lucknow University Student Union. He invited the Nation’s heartthrob “Netajee” Subhash Chandra Bose for its inaugural ceremony.

After completing his education, he decided to devote his life for social service. In three decades, he formed several institutions and moulded the life of several persons. His vision of strong and modern Indian Nation saw the growth of many organizations in the field of education. He was instrumental in establishing first Saraswati Shishu Mandir in Gorakhpur in 1952, which has grown into 25,000 strong chains of schools with approximately 45 lakh students and a dedicated team of more than one lakh teachers. His work extended from sensitive state of Jammu & Kashmir in northwest till tribal areas of Jharkhand and Odisha.

He was appalled by the sub human conditions of forest dwellers (Vanvasis) as well as those inhabiting the urban slums. Social and economic circumstances deprived them of basic facilities of Health and Education. He worked his whole life towards upliftment of these people.

Bhaorao ji groomed many of the well-known leaders and workers like Pandit Deen Dayal Uppadhyay, Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Shri Nanajee Deshmukh, Shri Rajendra Singh “Rajju Baiya”, Shri Bapu Rao Moghe, Shri Vishnu Kant Shastri and many others who devoted their life selflessly in building up the organizational net-work from scratch to promote the idea of Bharatiya culture of Sarv-Dharm Sambhav. While doing this he mostly confined himself to the Socio-economic-cultural ethos of Sangh work-culture. Positive change in nation’s mindset was his credo.

He was an inspiration behind many a venture of national reconstruction and was instrumental in converting to reality a dream of strong nation. He left his physical body on 13th May, 1992, but is still present among us in the form of institutions he created, workers he groomed and legacy he left behind.