Kochi to host Navati celebrations of Hindutva icon P. Parameswaran

Kochi, March 20: As part of the lead-up to the 90th birth anniversary (Navati) of iconic Hindutva renaissance ideologue P. Parameswaran in October, BharatheeyaVicharaKendramwill hold a two-day celebration in the city from April 1-2.

A thinker, philosopher and reformer, Parameswarji, as he is affectionately called, has been a vocal promoterof bothIndian nationhood and Hinduism for the past several decades. Born into a devout Hindu family in Cherthala in 1927,religion came early and naturally to Parameswarji.As a child, he would join his father, a priest in the village temple, in reciting mantras and hymns.

A brilliant student all through school, he completed his intermediate course from SB College, Changanassery. He graduated from Kerala University with a Bachelor’s degree in History (Honours), becoming the first-rank holder in the process.

Parameswarjidedicated himself as a full-time pracharak in the RashtriyaSwamsevakSangh. Later, he worked in many organisations associated with the RSS before founding BharatheeyaVicharaKendram, a charitable society that championed the cause of national reconstruction through rigorous research, in 1982.

BharatheeyaVicharaKendramis headquartered in Thiruvananthapuram. It is a haven for thinkers and researchers who believe India’s future is inextricably linked to its cultural and spiritual roots. By fostering publications and organising camps, debates, symposia and classes over the years, the Kendram has become a place where like-minded intelligentsia could gather and nurture ideas.

He was always happy to meet, exchange ideas and debate with eminent persons like Sri E.M.S. Namboothiripad and Sri P. GovindaPillai.He was the General Secretary and National Vice President of Bharatiya JanaSangh and former Director of Deendayal Research Institute, New Delhi.

The celebrations committee, under the chairmanship of Justice K.T. Thomas, will see 1,001 personalities of national and international importance from various walks of life. This includes legendary poet AkkithamAchuthanNamboothiri, noted scholar Dr D. Babu Paul, celebrated scientist Dr G. Madhavan Nair, eminent historian Dr MGS Narayanan, RajyaSabha MP Sri Veerendra Kumar and respected Ayurveda physician Dr P.K. Warrier.

Conventions of academics, women and youth, Bhagawat Gita seminar are on the design as part of the event. The celebrations will last till October 2017.


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