Senior RSS pracharak P Parameswaran passes away
Palakkad: Senior pracharak of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) P Parameswaran passed away here on Sunday morning. He was 93. He was under treatment at an Ayurveda hospital in Ottappalam.
His body will be brought to the RSS headquarters in Kochi on Sunday morning for people to pay their last respects. His last rites will be performed at Muhamma, his native place in Alappuzha on Sunday evening. His body will be placed for public homage at RSS centre in Ernakulam.
Fondly called as Parameswar ji by Sangh Parivar and Bharatiya Janata Party leaders, Parameswaran was a prolific writer, poet, researcher and a widely-respected RSS ideologue. He was the Bharatiya Jana Sangh's secretary (1967–1971) and vice president (1971–1977), as well as the director of the Deendayal Research Institute (1977–1982), New Delhi.
He joined RSS during his college days at Changannassery BS College and Thiruvananthapuram University College.
From 1951, he started working as RSS pracharak in Kerala. He played major role in observation of Ramayana month and campaign of Bhagavat Gita.
Parameswaran served as director of Delhi Deen Dayal Institute and Kanyakumari Vivekananda Kendram.
He was honoured with India’s highest civilian awards, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan. He also won Aarsha Samskara Paramsreshta award and Amritha Keerthi award.
During the days of Emergency, he courted arrest as part of the all India Satyagraha against it and was jailed for 16 months.
Bharatheeya Vichara Kendram was established by Parameswaran in 1982 "to promote nationalist thoughts among Keralites".