New Delhi, Nov 17: A metallurgy engineer, Ashok Singhal metamorphosed into a Hindutva warrior who as VHP chief played an adequate foil in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement when the BJP led the political campaign in the late eighties and later.
The 89-year-old right-wing firebrand leader dedicated his life for the Hindutva cause adopting an aggressive style and played a key role in mobilising support for the Ram Janambhoomi as well as the Ram Setu movements.
It was under his stewardship that the international branding of VHP was conceptualised for which he recruited supporters and established offices abroad. [VHP leader Ashok Singhal passes away]
The VHP got immense contribution from outside India for its campaign. Singhal was instrumental in the "kar sewak" campaign that led to the bringing down of the 16th century Babri Masjid in Ayodhya on December 6, 1992.
Singhal's demise was mourned by various political leaders on the micro-blogging site Twitter.
Here are some tributes to Singhal in the form of tweets:
Ashok Singhal ji was the force behind several noble deeds & social work, which benefitted the poor. He is an inspiration for generations.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 17, 2015
Deeply saddened to learn of Shri Ashok ji Singhal's demise. He was one of the leading lights of 'Shri Ramjanmabhoomi Andolanan'.— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) November 17, 2015
It is a sad demise of a determined leader. #AshokSinghal Ji will be remembered for his clarity of thought and dedication.— Prakash Javadekar (@PrakashJavdekar) November 17, 2015
Shocking to learn that Sh Ashok Singhal ji is no more ..my Prayers with the departed Soul ..May He Rest in Peace!— Sambit Patra (@sambitswaraj) November 17, 2015
Rest in peace Shri Ashok Singhal ji.— Rao Inderjit Singh (@Rao_InderjitS) November 17, 2015
Extremely Saddened to hear about the demise of Ashok Singhal ji. May his departed Soul Rest in Peace. My Condolences to his family.— Manohar Lal Khattar (@mlkhattar) November 17, 2015
Saddened by demise of Shri Ashok Singhal ji.His contribution to the nation & society’ll be remembered forever. I pray for his departed soul!— Anandiben Patel (@anandibenpatel) November 17, 2015
Saddened to hear abt the demise of senior VHP leader Shri Ashok Singhal Ji. My deepest condolences to his family.— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) November 17, 2015
Deeply saddened by demise of great leader Sh.Ashok Singhal ji.who dedicated his life to service of people.my condolences are with his family— Sadananda Gowda (@DVSBJP) November 17, 2015
Deeply saddened to hear about the demise of Ashok Singhal ji. He dedicated his life selflessly in serving the nation.— Dr. Subhash Chandra (@_SubhashChandra) November 17, 2015
Sad demise of Dr. Ashok Singhal is a great loss to the movement of Hinduism throughout the world. pic.twitter.com/uvRjse1RkQ— Parimal Nathwani (@mpparimal) November 17, 2015
India has lost her great son in Ashok Singhal ji. For the fearless lion that he was, here are my sincere condolences. Om shanti.— Intolerant Reddy (@snsachinnandu) November 17, 2015
Hindu confidence has been shatterd since d partition Ashok Singhal resurrected confidence among Hindus.— Dr Rakesh Sinha (@RakeshSinha01) November 17, 2015
He was the force behind the Ramjanmabhoomi Movement on which BJP rode to prominence and power. Ashok Singhal, VHP's lost warrior, RIP— Madhavan Narayanan (@madversity) November 17, 2015
Another great leader passed away...RIP Ashok Singhal— Prasad (@prasad643) November 17, 2015
Respected Ashok ji Singhal is no more. His life was a great saga of Hindu society's rejuvenation.An ideal RSS Swayamsewak.Our Shraddhanjali— Tarun Vijay (@Tarunvijay) November 17, 2015