I often have had an urge to compare Svami Vivekananda with Dr. Hedgewar, founder of Rashtriya Svayamsevak Sangha because I always regarded these two titanic personalities being progenies of the legend of Svami Ramakrisna Paramahamsa. By way of Karma, both were Guru Bhai-s. Of all the commonalities and diversities between them, there is one aspect that stands out conspicuously stark and livid.
Dr. Hedgewar was acutely conscious of haplessness of Hindu-s, their extreme vulnerability to oppressions and onslaughts from non Hindu-s, existence of no centralised authority to protect them from constant attempts to destroy Sanatana Dharma due to absence of Hindu-unity. He perceived very well, how Abrahamic faiths had been methodically targeting disorganised Hindu-s to proselytise them overtly as well as covertly, how deviously they planned fragmentation of this ancient nation before capturing entire nation bit by bit and how to systematically annihilate Sanatana Dharma itself. Entirely dedicated to the nation right since his teens, Dr. Hegdewar also visualised, as efforts to reform and unite Hindu-s multiply, so would multiply persistent efforts to browbeat the nation as well as Hindu-s too as we unfortunately observe today in response to installation of a ‘genuinely secular’ Government led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi 2014 onward. Greatest visionary of the century dedicated his entire life promoting the cause of Hindu-unity among various groups/streams of Hinduism apart from national character building by raising Bharatiya-s endowed with Sanatana virtues. He was very particular about grooming Hindu-s with respect to Hindu-unity right since impressionable stage of childhood on the lines of Gurukula-s, actively encouraged participation of children in Sakha-s and laid foundation of a nationwide chain of schools with that mission statement. Today RSS and associated organisations have worldwide presence promoting Sanatana values and the great holistic ideal of Hindu-unity. The mission has been so effective that emerging Hindu righteousness and unity are now a matter of concern for so many across the world albeit for no rhyme or reason. Hindu-unity has always been a burning issue as even highly accomplished Hindu society had never been united in past, suffered grievously as a consequential aftermath. Not only that, Sanatana scriptures have nowhere grappled with the issue of Hindu-unity at all, so urgently required today. Dr. Hedgewar very effectively addressed the grave issue to its logical conclusion of the glorious/spectacular rewards that the world is witnessing today probably for the first time in the history of Sanatana Dharma.
That was the aspect which even Svami Vivekananda overlooked. Svamiji stressed upon Uttistha Bharata while what was terribly required at that crucial moment of nations history was Sanghathit Hindu, Uttistha Bharata. He sorely missed the stark reality that Uttistha Bharata is hidden within Uttistha Hindu while the converse is not true at all. Svamiji probably did/could not visualise, without Sanghathit-Uttistha Hindu, Uttistha Bharata is outright impossible to attain. Probably he also overlooked the grave reality that without Sanghathit Hindu, not only Uttishtha Bharata was impossible to attain but also entire Hindu community would be wiped out and through that, Sanatana Dharma itself. Svamiji also did not condescend to emphasise that survival of non Hindu-s is guaranteed only so long as Hindu-s survive in Bharata. Hence, existence and survival of all other communities is possible only through existence and survival of Hindu-s alone. So critical, so crucial is existence, survival and unity of Hindu community in this nation !! Svamijis message to Bharata had been to rise and awake while Dr. Hedgewars had been to awake, rise and unite Hindu-s.
Dr. Hedgewar was as great a visionary as Svami Vivekananda or may be he surpassed the Svami owing to this aspect of his precise to the core farsightedness and greatness in spite of not being a Siddha Yogi like Svamiji. And results are here for the entire world to behold. Today RSS have grown like a giant banyan tree encompassing entire world while RK Mission appear to be losing direction and ground by turning too secular, by worshipping Jesus and by lobbying to be classified as ‘minority community’ !!
Dr. KB Hedgewar was Acarya Canakya of 20th Century Bharatvarsa with a highly precise mission to accomplish that would change entire contours of Hindu society and the world for centuries to come. He stepped in to address a national level crisis that no one had perceived till then. Dr. Hedgewar happens to be one of the greatest visionaries born on the sacred Bharata-Bhumi and amply eligible to be honoured with the coveted accolade of ‘Father Of The Nation’ as detailed in following article –
WHO DO YOU BELIEVE DESERVES THE HONOUR OF ‘FATHER OF THE NATION’ ??