Veteran RSS Pracharak and author Shri P Parameswaran, 93, passed away in the early hours on Sunday. He was undergoing Ayurvedic treatment at Ottappalam in Palakkad district, Kerala.
An eminent intellectual and a powerful voice of the nationalists in Kerala, Parameswaran was born in 1927 in Muhamma, Alappuzha district. He graduated from University College, Thiruvananthapuram with distinction in BA (Hons.) in History. He joined the RSS during his student days.
Parameswar ji, as he was called affectionately by millions of RSS workers and general public, was national general secretary and vice-president of the erstwhile Bharatiya Jana Sangh and the founder-director of the Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram. He was the chairman of Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari.
In Jana Sangh, Parameswar ji had worked with towering leaders like Deendayal Upadhyaya, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani. He was honoured with Padma Vibhushan, the country’s second-highest civilian award in 2018 and Padma Shri in 2004.
Parameswar ji was a prolific writer, poet and researcher who is best known for his works on Sree Narayana Guru, analysis of Kerala’s spiritual renaissance movement and comparative study on Vivekananda and Marx. His body has been brought to the RSS headquarters in Kochi on Sunday morning and will be brought to Thiruvananthapuram by evening for people to pay their last respects. The cremation will be held in Muhamma on Monday.
Paying homage to Parameswarji, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated: “Shri P Parameswaran was a proud and dedicated son of Bharat Mata. His was a life devoted to India’s cultural awakening, spiritual regeneration and serving the poorest of the poor. Parameswaran Ji’s thoughts were prolific and his writings were outstanding. He was indomitable.”
“An institution builder, Parameswaran Ji nurtured eminent institutions such as the Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram, Vivekananda Kendra and others. I am fortunate to have interacted with him many times. He was a towering intellectual. Anguished by his demise. Om Shanti,” Shri Narendra Modi said.