Kochi: Veteran R.S.S. Pracharak R. Venugopal passed away on Wednesday at his residence. He was 96. He had served as former national working president of BMS and chief editor of Kesari.
Last rites will be held at Pachalam crematorium on Thursday at 12 pm.
Venugopal was also a leader who represented India twice at International Labour Organisation. His mortal remains will be kept till 12 pm at state’s headquarters Madhavanivas for public display to pay last respects.
He was born in 1925 as the son of Kochunni Thampuran and Nannikutty Amma of Palakkad. He completed his studies from Victoria College, Palakkad and Banaras Hindu University. After his higher studies, he decided to wark as Pracharak of RSS.
The friendship with Dattopant Thengadi moulded Venugopal into a prominent worker of the RSS.
He was instrumental in making Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, the largest labour organisation in the world. He represented twice as a representative of labour movements at Geneva. Venugopal was noted for having a good personal relationship with all the trade union leaders.
R. Venugopal was the first non-communist labour leader to visit China.