Chapter 24: Shri Thukaram Singh and Akhila Bharatiya Itihasa Sankalana Yogana of RSS!
India under British rule with freedom lost something very valuable, knowledge of the history of our land.
British took liberty of distorting history in the name of translation of Indian scriptures. And the Marxist historians who constructed the history on basis of these translations ended up distortion our history completely. Invaders were celebrated as heroes, heroes painted as cowards and cowards became role model statesmen in theitlr work.
If today, in India we have started to explore more on our own roots and getting to know the real history of this land, we must be grateful to this eminent personality, who never backed down even in his later years. Age was just a number and he proved it with his work till last breath.
Thakur Ram Singh was a veteran Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak from Himachal Pradesh, and he was the inspiration behind the Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana.
He headed the Itihas Sankalan Samiti (history compilation wing) of the RSS. He was given the responsibility of leading the Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana in 1988. He started this work under the guidance of veteran RSS pracharak Moropant Pingle, who had a major role in founding this project.
Early life and education:
Born on February 16, 1915, at Jhandavi village under Hamirpur district of Himachal Pradesh. Thakur Ramsingh became a swayamsevak in 1941 while doing MA (History) from FC College of Lahore. He topped the college in final year exams of MA in 1942 and was presented a gold medal for it. Keeping in view his extraordinary talent, the college principal had then offered him the lecturership in the same college. But he politely rejected the offer and became an RSS pracharak.
Life as a pracharak:
In 1942, a total of 58 workers had become pracharaks from Lahore alone. The then prant pracharak Shri Madhavrao Mule deputed Thakur Ramsingh in Kangra district. After two years, he was given the responsibility of vibhag pracharak of Amritsar in 1944.
At that time Gurdaspur, Sialkot, Kangra, Chamba, Mandi, Suket and Bilaspur were also part of Amritsar Vibhag. Since the Prant Sangh Karyalaya of Punjab was shifted from Lahore to Jalandhar due to Partition in 1947, Thakur Ramsingh also shifted to Jalandhar. When Madhavrao Muleji was jailed in 1948 due to ban on RSS, the work of Punjab Zone was assigned to Shri Bhai Mahavir and Thakur Ramsingh was told to assist him.
In 1949, Shri Bala Saheb Deoras called Ramsinghji to Calcutta. The planning was to expand the Sangh work in north-eastern states. Shri Ganga Bishan, Shri Baburao Paldhikar and Shri Agarkar were also called for the same meeting where M. S. Golwalkar gave the responsibility of Assam Prant to Ramsingh.
He efficiently held this responsibility for 22 years from 1949 to 1971. After that he was appointed sahprant pracharak of Punjab. Later, he rose to become uttar kshetra pracharak also.
Thakur Ramsingh was given the responsibility of Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana in 1988. He started this work under the guidance of veteran pracharak Moropant Pingle who was basically the founder of this project. He was unanimously elected national president of Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana at the second national convention held at Warangal in Andhra Pradesh in 1992.
It was a big challenge for him but he accepted the challenge and started the work from Delhi. All his activities in Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana were focused on knowing the real history of the country.
The stated objective of the ABISY is writing the true Indian history “from a national perspective”. The name ABISY was chose tob represent “The Plan (also in the sense of committee) for collecting History of the Whole of India”.
Balamukund Pandey who developed ABISY states that Indian historians have been exposed to western distortions, which created a false impression of Indian cultural diversity. According to Pandey ji, the puranas were the most significant source of Indian history. It regards the Vedic culture to have originated in the Janjati and Adivasis traditions, the local Indian
The ABISY was one of the early Organisation which worked to debunk the Aryan Migration theory. They collect proof that Aryan did not come to Indian subcontinent from Central Asia, but were the original inhabitants of India, some of whom later left the subcontinent and civilised other parts of the world. And Ram Singh contributed magnificiently to the Indian history while working for ABISY.
He inspired many historians, scholars and senior workers. He was successful in associating many scholars, historians and intellectual with the Yojana.
He conducted four national seminars in Himachal Pradesh on human creation in Vaivastar Manvantar, social system, invasion of Sikandar on India and his killing by Dogra warriors in Jammu region, Maharaja Sansar Chand and on many other important topics.
It is due to the inspiration of Thakur Ramsingh and the efforts of Akhil Bharatiya Itihas Sankalan Yojana that Thakur Jagdevchand Memorial Research Institute was formed at Neri in Hamirpur district. Ramsingh was its founder patron. Many important projects have already been started at this Institute.
At the later stage of his life, he was completely dedicated to the cause of history.
Just one month before he breathed his last , on August 5 he returned from Neri to Ludhiana and participated in a function organized to start a Rs 197 crore history writing project at the National Hamir Museum. Even being at the hospital in Ludhiana he called Shri Vijay Naddha on July 23 and gave him some handwritten facts about the Indian calendar for the Museum.
Even at the time of being shifted to Ludhiana hospital from Hamirpur he was discussing about the project only.
On 6 September 2010, he left to his heavenly abode and permanently found a place in history of our country.
Despite growing age and sickness, he remained active like a warrior throughout his life.
Carrying forward his legacy, In August 2014, the organisation stated that it had completed four research projects, namely
- retracing the journey of the Saraswati river,
- debunking aryan invasion theory and prove that Aryans were originally from India who had migrate out of India,
- dating the Mahabharatha, Shankaracharya and Buddha, and emphasizing that the 1857 rebellion was the First War of Independence.
- It announced that its next ten-year project would be to compile all Hindu Puranas into an encyclopedia, get scholars to interpret its original meaning, and to put it forward as India’s real history.
The ABISY has also stated that it intends to document the history of all the 670+ districts in India through folklore, and describe the history of the more than 600 tribal communities in India.
As so righlty stated by Robert Penn Warren,
“History can not give us a program, but it can give us a fuller understanding of ourselves and of our common humanity, so we can better face the future”.
Dr Sindhu Prashanth