Shri K.S. Sudarshan,
I was deeply saddened by the news I received at 4 p.m. today (14.10.2004), of the passing away of Mananeeya Dattopant Thengadiji.
A divine shining star on the Sangh horizon for the past six decades has set. The fresh flower that was offered at the feet of the nation has now wilted. Thengadiji lived the life of a Pracharak, adhering to its great principles. Through his deep study and high thoughts he not only enriched the various aspects of the society but also by his incomparable organisational capacity, he gave the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad, the Bharatiya Kisan Sangh, Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, Samajik Samarasta Manch, Swadeshi Jagran Manch and other many such organizations a strong Hindutva-based ideological foundation and he took all these organisations to great heights.
As a member of Rajya Sabha he developed very intimate, personal relationships with many top ideologues, including the communists. When Dr. B.R. Ambedkar was contesting for the Lok Sabha from Bandra, then he was his election in-charge.
On my persistent request he, in his last days, wrote a book on Dr Ambedkar. This is the last of the many books and booklets he authored on various subjects. This book gives a unique insight into the intimate personality of Ambedkar.
Visiting many countries, closely observing their lives, eminently representing India in many international labour conferences and in the background of the all-embracing Hindutva, by offering solutions to various problems of India and the world, this gifted multi-faceted personality fulfilled his life.
My humble homage to his memory.