Antyodaya Diwas 2022: History, significance and more

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Antyodaya Diwas 2022: History, significance and more
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By CNBCTV18.com 25 Sep 2022, 09:35 IST (Released)

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Antyodaya Diwas is celebrated every year in honor of the late Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya

Every year, Antyodaya Diwas is celebrated in India on September 25 to mark the birth anniversary of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya and to remember his life and legacy. In 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi dedicated the day in honor of Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya. He was a seasoned leader and politician and had a key influence on the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from which the BJP emerged.

The word Antyodaya means to uplift the poorest of the poor and the day is observed with the aim of reaching out and helping the last person in society.

Story

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya was born in Mathura in 1916. In the 1940s, he completed a 40-day camp in Sangh education and a two-year training at the RSS education wing.

He served the Bharatiya Jana Sangh from 1953 to 1968 where he became the source of ideological guidance and moral inspiration for the BJP and its establishment.

Besides all his organizational abilities, he was also known for his philosophical and literary works. He developed the concept of “integral humanism” advocating the holistic development of mind, body, intellect and soul.

Pandit Deendayal Upadhyaya died at the age of 51 on February 11, 1968.

Importance

The spirit of the Antyodaya mission is to reach out to the last person, and therefore the motto of this day is to help all poor and rural youth in India and help them find opportunities for national and international jobs.

In 2014, on Antyodaya Diwas, the Ministry of Rural Development revived its existing skills development program called Aajeevika Skills as the National Rural Livelihoods Mission (NRLM). It was later renamed Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana-NRLM in November 2015.

Several blood donation camps, seminars, conferences and other activities are organized during this day.

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