Rajiv Dixit was an Indian scientist, orator, and and one of the leaders of the modern Swadeshi movement in India. He started various movements in order to spread awareness among the people on various topics of Indian national interests through the Swadeshi Movement, Bharat Bachav Andolan, and various other works. He served as the National Secretary of Bharat Swabhiman Andolan, which was started by Yog Rishi Swami Ramdev He is a strong believer and preacher of Bharatiyata (Indianism). He had also worked in spreading awareness about Indian history and issues in the Indian constitution and Indian economic policies. Through his speeches, he displayed his deep understanding of Indian economics and issues of corruption in India; he has criticized Indian politicians for corrupt behavior.
On November 29th 2010 Dixit collapsed while delivering a lecture in Bhilai at around 6.30 on November 29th evening following cardiac arrest and breathed his last around midnight.He was recently associated with Yoga Guru Baba Ramdev as Secretary of Bharat Swabhiman Trust in Haridwar.Incidentally,November 30th 2010 was his 43rd birthday and his friends were making preparations to celebrate the occasion.He leaves behind his father, mother and a brother who live in Wardha, Maharashtra.He was planning to contest the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls.
Rajiv Dixit was a true Indian revolutionary and patriot. Dixit, who was struggling for past 20 years against multinational companies, was born in Allahabad (UP) and belongs to a freedom fighters' family. He loved freedom fighters like Bhagat Singh, Chandrashekar Azad, Subash Chandra Bose, Gandhi etc. He was also a scientist and very few people know that he worked with Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He also worked in France as telecommunication scientist. He started 'Swadeshi,' 'Protect Your Freedom' and 'Use Indian Product' movements.
Early life and career
Rajiv Dixit was born in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh. From childhood on he was fond of various Indian revolutionaries. He is also a scientist and has worked with A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He also worked in France in the telecommunications sector. For the last 20 years he has been promoting the concept of Indian Swadeshi (self-sufficiency) from foreign goods and businesses.
Initiated and supported movements
Dixit supported the movement of opening a chain of Swadeshi General Stores, where only Indian-made goods are sold. The concept is that the consumer can get the goods at cheaper rates and the whole chain from producer to consumer gets equal benefits, instead of most of the money going to producers and suppliers. He initiated movements like the Swadeshi Movement and Azadi Bachao Andolan and became their spokeperson. He addressed a rally of over 50,000 people under the leadership of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch in New Delhi. He also took leadership of the programme held at Calcutta which was supported and promoted by various organizations and prominent personalities and was celebrated all over India on the eve of the 150th Anniversary of the 1857 war of Indian independence.
He demanded decentralization of taxation system, saying that the current system is the core reason for the corruption in bureaucracy. He claimed that 80% of taxes is being used to pay the politicians and bureaucrats and just 20% for development purposes for the people. He compared the current budget system of the Indian government to the earlier British budget system in India, presenting statistics to show that they are the same.Currently he is working with swami Ramdev in Bharat Swabhiman Trust as national secretary.
Showing his sympathy towards the Indian farmers, he argued that modern thinkers have neglected agricultural sectors and farmers have been left to feed themselves and committing suicide. Expressing his views on Indian judiciary and legal system, he said that India is still following the laws and acts enacted during the British era and had not taken the burden of changing them as per the requirement of Indian people