About the Author
Shri H.V. Seshadri- M.Sc.-
an outstanding writer- thinker and dedicated social worker- hails from Bangalore.
Born in 1926- he had a bright academic career. After serving for a very brief
period as a teacher in college- he dedicated himself entirely to the work of
the society and the country as a Pracharak (full-time worker) of Rashtriya
Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and has been incessantly touring for the purpose
throughout Bharat. His writings are eagerly awaited by vast numbers of readers- enriched as they are by diverse experience derived
from his wide and continuous contact with the society and also by his deep
study of the history and culture of the Hindus. His masterly exposition and
critical analysis are matched by a unique and lucid style. Likewise- his
thought-provoking lectures sway the minds of the hearers.
The credit of the compilation of the highly
popular Bunch of Thoughts based on numerous lectures- interviews and stray
writings of Shri M.S. Golwalkar (Guruji)- the previous
chief of RSS- goes to Shri Seshadri.
Numerous feature articles and scores of books
and booklets on topical issues have come out of his powerful pen- both in
Kannada and English.
At present Shri Seshadri is Sarkaryavah (General
Secretary) of RSS.
After my return to Bharat from a two-month
itinerary in USA- Canada and UK- starting from the 4th of July to September 4th
of 1984- many of our co-workers and sympathisers evinced keen interest in
hearing about my experiences abroad. They were naturally concerned about the
conditions of our Hindu brethren over there and the problems and challenges
they are facing. That is how I came to put together some of the more
significant instances and my observations thereof in the form of articles and
interviews which were published in ‘Organiser’- Delhi- and many other language
weeklies in our country.
During my visit to some prominent places in
those countries- I had the opportunity of holding discussions with workers of
various Hindu cultural and religious bodies like the Vishwa Hindu Parishad-
Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh- Vedanta Centre- Satya Sai Mission- ISKCON and of
organisations like the Friends of India Society International; the Kan- nada
Sanghas and some other local organisations. More informative and illuminating-
however- were the informal chats I used to have with the family members - young
and old- men and women-with whom I stayed. The biggest programmes I attended
were the 14th World Hindu Conference organised by VHP at New York in the second
week of July 1984 and the ‘Hindu Sangam’ of Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh- UK- held
at Bradford during the last week of August 1984.
Readers will notice that the descriptions in
the following pages revolve mostly round the topic of the crucial challenge to
their cultural identity faced by the Hindus there. I am only too well aware
that my observations are - by the very nature of the limited contacts and
opportunities available to me there - likely to be incomplete and may even
appear slanted. So I urge our discerning readers to view them as certain
distinct trends rather than as authentic evaluation.
With a view to compensating this limitation-
atleast to some extent- included herein is an article by Late Swami Tilak- who
was a veritable dynamo of energy and inspiration for the Hindu Cause in the
West and messages by Swami Satyamitrananda Giri Maharaj and revered Shri
Balasaheb Deoras- the RSS Sarsanghachalak- to the Historic Hindu Conference t
Milton Keynes in UK in July 1989.
It was very kind of ‘Suruchi Prakashan’- Delhi- to
have taken up the job of printing and publishing the book in its present nice
get up and in time for its release at the first ever 4 days ‘Vishwa Sangh
Shibir’ of families of workers of certain Hindu Organisations to be held at
Bangalore in the last week of December this year.
Guidance to Hindu
To the Hindu Youth : The
Challenge and the Opportunity
May the Spirit of World Mission
The Crying Need: A United Hindu
The Dilemma: Dollar or Dharma?
“Mummy- Make Me White”
Beware of the ‘throwaway’
On Children in Homes and
Schools (With friends and sympathisers)
Need for Hindu Lobby (Interview
with ‘Organiser’- Weekly- Delhi)
The Historic Hindu Sangam
Growing Voice of Hindu Unity
The Hindu Impact (Interview
with BBC- Manchester) (August 28- 1984)
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