Ashok Singhal, Indian Hindu activist, Died at 89

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Ashok Singhal was born on September 15, 1926, and died on November 17, 2015.

He was an international working president of the Hindu organisation Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) for over 20 years until, following a long bout of diminishing physical health, he was replaced in December 2011.

Succeeded by Praveen Togadia, Singhal suffered ill-health, but was working till a month before his death.

Ashok was born in Aligarh District (Atrauli).

His father was a government official.

Ashok has a Bachelor’s degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Benaras Hindu University Institute of Technology in 1950.

Having been in Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since 1942, he became a full-time pracharak after graduation.

Ashok worked in various locations around Uttar Pradesh, becoming a prant pracharak for Delhi and Haryana.

In 1980, Ashok was deputed to the VHP, becoming its joint general secretary.

In 1984, he became its general secretary and, later, the working president, a role in which he continued till 2011.

Ashok was a trained vocalist in Hindustani music.

He studied under Pandit Omkarnath Thakur.

Ashok passed away at age 89 on 17 November 2015 at Medanta Medicity hospital in Gurgaon.

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