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September 25: Antyodaya Diwas 2021

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Antyodaya Diwas: The Antyodaya Diwas is observed on September 25, every year in India to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya.

Highlights:

  • The year 2021, the Antyodaya Diwas marks the 105th birth anniversary of Upadhyaya.
  • He was the nationalist who stood for the explanation for the poor and downtrodden.
  • As Antyodaya means uplifting the poorest of the poor, or “rise of the last person” the special day aims at reaching the last person of the society.
  • On this occasion, the Ministry of Rural Development felicitates the beneficiaries of skill development programmes – Deen Dayal Upadhyay Grameen Kaushalya Yojana and Rural Self Employment Training Institute.

History:

  • The day was declared by the Modi Government on September 25, 2014 and officially celebrated since 2015.
  • Through Antyodaya Diwas, the government aims to carry forward the message of Upadhyaya who visualised uplift of the poorest of the poor in the country.

About Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya:

  • Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya (1916-68) was well-known political personality and thoughtful philosopher.
  • He was a humanist, economist, journalist, and an abled statesman.
  • He was coordinator and famous leader of Jan Sangh, which is considered precursor to BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party).
  • He was the leader of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1953 to 1968.
  • In the 1940s, Deendayal Upadhyaya launched ‘Rashtra Dharma’, a monthly journal, from Uttar Pradesh’s Lucknow for spreading the ideology of Hindutva nationalism.
  • Later, he started ‘Panchjanya’, a weekly magazine, and a daily, ‘Swadesh’.
  • He wrote drama Chandragupta Maurya in Hindi and later wrote a biography of Shankaracharya.
  • His philosophical idea of ‘Integral Humanism’ was adopted in 1965 as the official doctrine of the Jan Sangh and later the BJP.
  • He strongly supported swadeshi and small scale industrialization.
  • He advocated ‘Samyanit Upabhog’ (sustainable consumption) as he did not favour the exploitation of Mother Nature practiced by the capitalist societies of the West.

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