The sudden demise of firebrand Hindutva leader Tapan Ghosh has come as a major shock for hundreds of thousands of people across the country. The late Hindu Samhain founder was suffering from Covid-19 and breathed his last on Sunday evening at a hospital in Kolkata.
Ghosh, who commanded a massive support and respect across Eastern India, was regarded as an unapologetic leader who used to lead the battle against Islamic aggression in rural and frontier regions of West Bengal from the front.
As people across the nation are mourning his demise, we share for his admirers an exclusive interview which he had given to SatyaVijayi in 2017. In this interview, Tapan Ghosh spoke on vide range of subjects concerning the Hindus of West Bengal.
People are remembering him for his fighting spirit and ethics. He fought his way in extremely hostile conditions and preferred to work for the community while maintaining a certain degree of distance from all political parties and platforms, including even those which claimed to espouse same ideology as him. His fight for the downtrodden Hindus in frontiers provinces of West Bengal where they often encounter the ugly face of Islamic extremism, continues to be admired by Hindu people across India and beyond.
Both his supporters and critics alike regard him as one of the chief architects of the Right wing movement in West Bengal, especially in rural regions. Experts believe, his loss will create a major void in West Bengal’s Hindutva ecosystem.
He was the founder of the Hindu Samhati, regarded as one of the first major West Bengal based Hindutva organizations. Which at one point under his leadership, even rivaled the pan-India Hindutva organizations like RSS and VHP in terms of support in the Bengali heartland.
During his very lifetime, people started looking up to Tapan Ghosh as an icon figure for Bengali Hindutva. His stature and influence in West Bengal was often equated with that of Bal Thackeray in Maharashtra.
We pay our humble tributes to Tapan Da.