this article appeared in Organiser in May 22, 2011
Bangalore: Veteran RSS Pracharak, thinker, writer, Social Worker Dr.Upendra Shenoy passes away on Monday, 9th May 2011 evening at 6.15pm at Bangalore. He was suffering from prolonged illness of kidney.
Dr. Upendra Shenoy had deep knowledge in multiple fields. He was an expert in medicine, education, philosophy and agriculture among other things. He was responding to important issues of current affairs with his scholarly analysis. He had conceived several socially beneficial reforms in education and health. He constantly focussed on sustainable Swadeshi models in several walks of life including education and economy. He contributed towards rural development and Gurukul education.
Born in 1937 at Sringeri of Chikmagalur District, Dr Upendra Shenoy completed in study in Ayurvedic Medical Science at Mysore. He was a practicing physician for some time. He acquired specialization in homoeopathy medicine. He remained unmarried and involved himself in full time social service by becoming RSS Pracharak in 1973.
Dr Upendra Shenoy worked initially as RSS Pracharak at Bangalore city, later became Vibhag Pracharak of the then Bangalore Mahanagar. Combining his ideational strength with organisational skills, Dr Upendra Shenoy created new platforms to promoting Sangh ideology in various fields.
Dr Upendra Shenoy was one of the founder member of ‘Prajna Pravah’, an intellectual forum of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh at national level. He was Akhil Bharatiya Pramukh of the organization during for several years during its formative period.
He also pioneered the organisations including Krushi Prayog Parivar, an organisation dedicated to promote sustainable agricultural practices and simultaneously making farmers economically independent. He initiated Swadeshi Science Movement at national level, now is transformed to Vijnan Bharati. His thought on rural development gave birth to a new forum Gram Vikas, working towards the betterment of rural life at all levels. He prepared a ground for Child education under a banner of ‘Shishu Shikshan’.
Vyaktitva Vikas Andolan, a movement to promote personality development among common citizens, was one his memorable contribution. He was also one of the founder members of Arogya Bharati, a forum for healthcare at national level. Rashtrothana Research and Communication Centre (RRCC) is a platform initiated by Dr Shenoy, meant for research and intellectual activities at Bangalore’s Rashtrothana Parish at.
From last several decades he was updating and maintaining a database of newspaper clippings in more than 50 categories. He continued his contributions till the very end and through his most recent concept of Arogyamitra (deploying paramedics as an interface between patients and medical professionals of different systems of education) he dreamt of relieving the confusion and suffering among patients.