Mughalsarai Railway Station to become Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Railway Station from today

LUCKNOW / VARANASI: In just a day, the Mughalsarai Junction, the fourth biggest in the country , will get a new name. On Friday, Union railway minister Piyush Goyal tweeted, “Mughal Sarai railway station has been renamed Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya station.” It is also most likely that the Division will no longer be called as Mughal Sarai Division under East Central Railway and a new name for the Railway Division is in the process of ideation.

Monday onwards, the East Central Railways (ECR) would begin replacing the old signage and change the name of the station in reserved tickets as well.

Director, PR, Railway Board, Ved Prakash, confirmed that a notification has been issued, which would reach the ECR on Monday . UP cabinet had approved the recommendation to change the name of the station to Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya railway station in June, after seeking NOC from other states to confirm if any other station was named as such.

The state government’s proposal was routed through the ministry of railways to the Union ministry of home affairs (MHA) that gave its nod in August. “People would be in formed that the name of the station has changed,” said CPRO, ECR, Rajesh Kumar.The signage at the station would be replaced in two days.

Besides, Centre for Railway Information Systems (CRIS) will be asked to feed the new name in software and it would probably start getting printed on reserved tickets by Tuesday .

“As far as unreserved tickets are concerned, it might take at least a week to implement the change since it is not acentralized system,” said the CPRO.

Pole installed in Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s memory

To honour the memory of RSS ideologue Pt Deen Dayal Upadhyaya , the divisional railway manager’s office in Mughalsarai has installed a symbolic pole (no 6731276) on the western side of platform number 2 of Mughalsarai railway station at the spot where his body was found lying on February 11, 1968.In a tweet on Friday night, rail minister Piyush Goyal announced renaming of Mughalsarai Junction and mentioned that the railway administration had installed a symbolic pole in his memory.Anand Srivastava, prantiya sampark pramukh of Swadeshi Jagran Manch , the frontal wing of RSS, told, “While observing Swadeshi week in DDU Nagar, we tried to find the spot where Upadhyaya’s body was found, to pay floral tributes. On failing to find it, we met the divisional railway manager who deputed some officials with us to determine the spot.”Srivastava said that during the search, it was found that poles numbered 1275, 1276 and 1277 were missing. After lot of deliberation, they succeeded in identifying the point where pole 1276 used to exist. Anand Srivastava, prantiya sampark pramukh of Swadeshi Jagran Manch , the frontal wing of RSS, told TOI, “While observing Swadeshi week in DDU Nagar, we tried to find the spot where Upadhyaya’s body was found, to pay floral tributes.

Upadhyaya was found dead under mysterious circumstances at Mughalsarai railway station on February 11, 1968, the year he was made president of Bharatiya Jan Sangh.

Upadhyaya conceived the political philosophy Integral Humanism. The philosophy of Integral Humanism advocates the simultaneous and integrated program of the body, mind and intellect and soul of each human being. His philosophy of Integral Humanism, which is a synthesis of the material and the spiritual, the individual and the collective, bears eloquent testimony to this. He visualised for India a decentralised polity and self-reliant economy with the village as the base.

Deendayal Upadhyaya was convinced that India as an independent nation could not rely upon concepts like individualism, democracy, socialism, communism or capitalism and was of the view that the Indian polity after Independence has been raised upon these superficial Western foundations and not rooted in the traditions of India’s ancient culture. He was of the view that the Indian intellect was getting suffocated by theories, which left a “roadblock” to the growth and expansion of original Bharatiya (Sanskrit: “of Bharat”) thought. Upadhyay was compelled to answer what he felt was the urgent need in India for a “fresh breeze”.

He welcomed modern technology but wanted it to be adapted to suit Indian requirements. He believed in Swaraj (“Self-governance”). Upadhyaya edited Panchjanya (Weekly) and Swadesh (Daily) from Lucknow. In Hindi, he has written a drama Chandragupta Maurya, and later wrote a biography of Shankaracharya. He translated a Marathi biography of Hedgewar, the founder of RSS.

He won awards and scholarships from the Maharaja of Sikar and industrialist Ghanashyam Das Birla. Turning down all offers of government and private sector employment, he joined the RSS. He kept company with Nanaji Deshmukh and Sundar Singh Bhandari, RSS pracharaks who went on to play a critical role in anti-Congress politics in the 1960s and 70s. Rising rapidly through the RSS ranks, he started a series of publications including its current mouthpiece, Panchjanya, and started another when this was banned. When that too, was suppressed, he launched a third one. He served as its compositor, machine man and dispatcher and never missed an issue

Integral Humanism was adopted by the BJS as its official doctrine and subsequently passed on to the BJP.

The Deen Dayal Research Institute deals with queries on Upadhyaya and his works.

He died under mysterious and unexpected circumstances on 11 February 1968 at Mughal Sarai Railway yard. There are many conspiracy theories about Upadhyaya’s death: Balraj Madhok, another of Jan Sangh’s founding members, has said categorically on many occasions that Upadhyaya’s death was a murder, not an accident.