It was May 1921, Hedgewar was arrested on charges of “sedition” for his “objectionable” speeches in Maharashtra. The hearing of the case began on June 14, 1921.
After hearing it, Justice Smelly said: “His defense is even more seditious than his original speech!” In his August 19 judgment, the judge ordered Hedgewar to give an
Hedgewar’s response was terse: “My conscience tells me that I am completely innocent. A policy of repression would only add fuel to the fire already raging because
Hedgewar went outside the court, and addressed a large crowd, “As you are aware, I have defended myself in this case of sedition against me. However, these days, there is an impression going round that
But I feel it is highly unwise to merely get crushed like a bug when a case is foisted upon us.
It is our duty to expose to the whole world the wickedness of the foreign rulers. That would indeed be an
“You may, if you so choose refuse to defend yourself; but for God’s sake don’t consider those who disagree with you as being less patriotic. If in the course of our patriotic duty
or face the gallows we shall have to willingly do so. But let us not be under the illusion that jail-going is all in all, that it is the only path for achieving freedom.
There are, in fact, so many
Hedgewar was appointed a joint secretary of the Provincial Congress in 1922.
He was also part of the Hindusthani Seva Dal, a Congress wing of volunteers.
The communal riots that broke out in 1923 in the wake of the Khilafat Movement proved to be a tipping point.
Dr K B Hegdewar, who had lost both his parents for plague studied with the assistance of relatives & friends who recognised his zeal
His friends acted as couriers and whenever
His code name among the revolutionaries was ‘Koken.’
After completing course, Hedgewar returned to Nagpur in early 1916. Rejected lucrative Bangkok offfer, Instead, he set up a revolutionary group
Though Hedgewar had developed close affinity with all the important nationalists of Bengal, the two leaders who were closest to him were Shamsundar Chakravarti and Moulvi Liaquat Hussain.
He also ran a swadeshi provision store called ‘Kuber Vastu Bhandar’.
When Hussain was severely ill, Hedgewar personally nursed him and was constantly by his bedside for two months.
On 17/4/26, Hedgewar called for a meeting attended by 26 swayamsevaks, detailed discussion followed
3 names were finalised after several rounds of elimination — Rashtriya Swayamsevak
Finally #RastriyaSwayamSevakSangh was chosen.
His initial followers included Bhaiyaji Dani, Babasaheb Apte, M. S. Golwalkar, Balasaheb Deoras, and Madhukar Rao Bhagwat, among others.
The Sangh (Organisation) was growing in
Hedgewar inspired the youths for taking up the Sangh work. Gradually all his associates had begun to endearingly call him '#Doctorji.'
Upon his urging, Swayamsevaks went to far-off cities
In April 1930, when Gandhi gave a call for '#Satyagraha' against the British Government. Gandhi himself launched the Salt Satyagraha undertaking his Dandi Yatra. Dr. Hedgewar decided to
Doctorjis health deteriorated in later years of his life.
Often he suffered from chronic back pain. He started delegating his responsibilities to
#MS_Golwalkar, who later succeeded him as Sarsanghachalak of RSS.
He attended the annual Sangh
'I see before my eyes today a miniature Hindu Rashtra."
On the morning of 21 June 1940 in Nagpur, K B Hegdewar attained Sadgati. His last rites were performed in the locality of Resham Bagh in Nagpur, which