Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday released a book on the late Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) chief Ashok Singhal, who played a key role in the Ram Janmabhoomi movement.

Calling Singhal “one of the finest proponents of Hinduism”, Naidu said he had sacrificed 75 years of his life for the benefit of the future generations.

“Despite being asked by many in Congress party to join the Freedom Struggle under leadership of Mahatma Gandhi, Singhal chose to side with K.B. Hedgewar’s Rashtriya Swyamsevak Sangh and dedicated his entire life to Sangh,” Naidu said, according to an official statement.

He said that the book – “Ashok Singhal: Staunch and Perseverant Exponent of Hindutva”, by Mahesh Bhagchandka – elucidates life, philosophy, vision, and ideas of Singhal, who was the VHP’s international working president for over 20 years.