Shri Rama Gopalan and others at the function in Chennai
Chennai: Shri R. Gopalan, a 21-year-old swayamsevak of Chennai’s Mylapore Shakha, stood at the Chennai Central Railway Station and stared at trainloads of hapless, uprooted Sindhi families being directed to the barren Avadi refugee camp. Where is Sindh and where Chennai? Why this pathetic condition? He was witnessing actually the gruesome vivisection of Bharat Mata. It pained his heart. That was in late 1947. Having finished his studies, he opted for patriotic work by becoming a Pracharak of RSS, which till today he is. Now, people of Tamil Nadu know him as Rama Gopalan of Hindu Munnani. He is among the founders of the formidable organisation that fights relentlessly to safeguard the interests of Hindus. Recently, Rama Gopalan turned 93. Sadhus of Ramakrishna Math, journalists and Hindu activists admired his life-long successful Hindu Jagaran work at a felicitation function. But what Hindu Munnani organising secretary G. Bhaktavasalan sees as the formidable task achieved by Rama Gopalan is the network of energetic teams of Hindu karyakartas in every Taluk of the state.