Ananda Marga

The Ananda Marga – the Path of Bliss – was founded in 1955 by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar as a socio-spiritual organization. In 1959, Sarkar added the political wing, known as Proutist Universal, PROUT (Progressive Utilization Theory).  Ananda Marga's popularity in India put it in direct confrontation with the Communist Party in West Bengal. In 1967, Ananda Marga headquarters came under attack by locals who were allegedly incited by Communist leaders. In December 1971, Sarkar was arrested along with several acaryas for abetting murder of six former disciples. In 1975, the Emergency regime of Prime Minister Gandhi banned the organization. Sarkar was allegedly poisoned while in government custody at Bankipur Central Jail. Ananda Marga undertook terrorist acts for the purpose of freeing Sarkar. Ananda Marga has established 160 chapters worldwide.

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