29 Facts About Balraj Madhok


Balraj Madhok was an Indian political activist and politician from Jammu.


Balraj Madhok eventually rose to become the president of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh and led its successful contest in the general election of 1967.


Balraj Madhok resigned from the party afterwards due to political differences with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L K Advani.


Balraj Madhok came from a Jammu-based Khatri family with Arya Samaj leanings.


Balraj Madhok was born in Skardu, Baltistan and spent early childhood at Jallen.


Balraj Madhok studied in Srinagar, the Prince of Wales College in Jammu and the Dayanand Anglo-Vedic College in Lahore, graduating with B A Honours in History in 1940.


Balraj Madhok married Kamla, who was a professor at the Delhi University.


Balraj Madhok was unwell for some time and had been admitted to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in New Delhi for a month.


Balraj Madhok's death was condoled by many including the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and several others including Lal Krishna Advani.


Balraj Madhok became a pracharak for the RSS in 1942 and was appointed as a worker for Jammu.


Balraj Madhok is said to have worked in this position for about eight months building up the RSS network.


Balraj Madhok then moved to Srinagar in 1944 as a lecturer in history at the DAV College and continued to work as an RSS organiser.


Balraj Madhok established the RSS network in the Kashmir Valley.


Balraj Madhok worked to form the Praja Parishad party, founded in November 1947, in collaboration with Hari Wazir.


Balraj Madhok was extended from Jammu and Kashmir by Sheikh Abdullah as a result of his political stance.


Balraj Madhok moved to Delhi in 1948 and started teaching at the Panjab University College, which was established for the education of refugees from West Punjab.


In 1951, Balraj Madhok launched the student union of the Sangh Parivar, viz.


In 1951, Balraj Madhok joined Shyama Prasad Mookerjee in the formation of what later become the political party of the Sangh Parivar, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh.


Balraj Madhok served as the secretary of the Panjab branch and later, a member of the Working Committee of the national organisation.


Balraj Madhok was part of the RSS-dominated Working Committee of the Jana Sangh in 1954, which ensured the ouster of the traditional politician wing led by the President M C Sharma.


Balraj Madhok continued to be active in the Delhi branch of Jana Sangh, and won the Lok Sabha seat for Delhi in 1961.


Balraj Madhok led the party in the general election of 1967, when the party won 35 seats in the Lok Sabha, its highest tally.


Balraj Madhok tried to create a coalition of rightist forces along with the Swatantra Party.


Balraj Madhok saw the split in the Congress party in 1969 as an opportunity to expand the role of Jana Sangh.


Balraj Madhok denounced what he called the party's `leftist' leanings and the influence of the RSS on its functioning.


Balraj Madhok's stand led to his marginalisation in the party.


Balraj Madhok was arrested during the Emergency and was imprisoned for 18 months,.


Balraj Madhok joined the Janata Party, into which Jana Sangh merged, but resigned in 1979 and tried to revive Jana Sangh under the name Akhil Bharatiya Jana Sangh.


Right from his expulsion in 1973, Balraj Madhok remained a pungent critic of Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and their policies.