Story – Babasaheb Apte who left his teacher’s job and became first RSS pracharak

Babasaheb Apte was said to have been infused with patriotism from a young age. When his father died he started working as a teacher right after matriculation. However, he resigned from the job when his headmaster prohibited from celebrating Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s death anniversary. In 1924, he moved to Nagpur and joined the press of the Udyam magazine. He formed a Vidyarthi Mandal (student society) for discussing revolutionary ideas. Hedgewar visited the organisation in 1925 and provided enough inspiration to Apte for him to merge his fledgling organisation with the RSS. In 1927, he became one of the first people to become an RSS pracharak, even before the term itself was coined.

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