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Deendayal Upadhyaya
(25 September 1916

11 February 1968) was an Indian thinker of
RSS ideology, and former leader of the political party Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the forerunner
of Bharatiya Janata Party. He became president of the Jana Sangh in December 1967. He
was born in 1
916 in the village of Nagla Chandraban, now called Deendayal Dham, near the
town of Farah in Mathura District, 26 km away from Mathura. His father, Bhagwati Prasad
Upadhyaya, was an astrologer and his mother Rampyari Upadhyaya was a homemaker and
s Hindu. Both his parents died when he was eight years old and he was brought up
by his maternal uncle. His education was under the guardianship of his maternal uncle and
aunt. He went to high school in Sikar. He did his Intermediate in Pilani, Rajasthan.[
source needed] He did his B. A. at the Sanatan Dharma College, Kanpur in 1939. He joined
St. John's College, Agra to pursue a master's degree in English literature but dropped out. He
then joined Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh as its full
time worke
r, called Pracharak

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