On his return to Nagpur, Hedgewar busied himself in various
political and social activities.
Bapuji Kavre was a friend of Hedgewar. He was deeply involved in the revolutionary
activities in the Central Provinces since 1908.
Hedgewar joined him wholeheartedly. Keshavrao met several prominent persons in Nagpur
for the purpose. He delivered speeches wherever he went, deploring the slavery thrust upon
the country. His earnest expression and appeal touched the hearts of the people. He also
collected some money from sympathetic people secretly and with it he purchased pistols,
bullets and gunpowder, for distribution among the young revolutionaries.
There was a town called Kamathi near Nagpur. An army establishment was camping there.
Keshavrao, developed contacts with the personnel there. One day, a few of the
revolutionaries donned the military uniform and went to the Railway Station. In broad
daylight, they unloaded some boxes of ammunitions, meant for the Army, from the railway
wagon and vanished with the booty.
Keshavrao arranged subsequently to burn all those uniforms lest it come to light as a
result of some inquiry at a later date.
But the Government undertook a countrywide search for the hideouts and headquarters of
the revolutionaries, to exterminate them. This did have a dampening effect on the minds of
the revolution ray activists. Some of them bade good-bye to the country's cause. The hold
of discipline on them had become slackened. Selfishness came to the fore, and confidence
Keshavrao gained experience of both the bright and dark sides of a national worker's
life through all these activities. He began to seriously ponder about the condition of the
society. His incisive thinking brought him to the final conclusion that unless the people
are given proper training and good samskars for leading a disciplined life, their love of
the country and readiness for sacrifice would never remain firm or last long.
Thereafter Hedgewar plunged into several types of programs for awakening people.
Political activities were being carried out under the banner of 'Rashtra Seva Mandal',
which was founded at the instance of Lokmanya Tilak. Hedgewar was the youngest member of
Hedgewar also formed 'Rashtriya Utsava Mandal' for generating fervor and enthusiasm
among the youths, Program of Shivaji Jayanti, Ganesh Utsav, Shastra- pujan, Sankraman
Utsav, etc., were celebrated under its auspices. His speeches during these functions
thrilled the hearts of the youths.