(Photo Credit: Rajnath Singh’s Twitter Handle)
New Delhi: The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Chief Mohan Bhagwat and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on October 12, 2021, countered ‘misinformation’ about freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in New Delhi.
The spoke at the launch of the book ‘Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition’ by veteran journalist, author & Information Commissioner Uday Mahurkar, and academic Chirayu Pandit. The book has been published by Rupa Publications.
Bhagwat said that a campaign with ulterior motives to defame Savarkar started just after India’s independence.
“After India’s independence, the campaign to defame Veer Savarkar started. Now, this campaign of defamation will also be launched against the likes of Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayanand Saraswati, and Yogi Arvind because Veer Savarkar was very much influenced by them,” said the RSS Chief.
He added that the “smear campaign’s” target is not a person, but the idea of Indian nationalism that unites the whole world.
He said that Savarkar’s ideology of Hindutva never suggested differentiation between people on the basis of their culture and ‘methodology of worshipping god’.
“There is a lack of correct information about Veer Savarkar in today’s India. Savarkar’s thoughts are needed. The things that are needed of Savarkar in today’s time are in this book. Savarkar Ji used to say why to differentiate when we are sons of the same motherland and are brothers. The different methodologies of worship have been the tradition of our country. We have been fighting for the country together,” informed the RSS Chief.
Bhagwat further added: “Veer Savarkar used to talk of Akhand Bharat. Maharishi Yogi had also said that Akhand Bharat would emerge and Ram Manohar Lohia ji was also a supporter of this idea. If opinions are different even then we will walk together. This is the basic element of our nationality. The security and prestige of the one who belongs to India are associated with India itself. After the partition, Muslims who migrated from India to Pakistan do not have prestige even in Pakistan. The one who belongs to India belongs to India only.”
Defense Minister Rajnath Singh responded to the criticism of Savarkar for apologising to the British.
The Defence Minister said that many people, belonging to a particular ideology, have been spreading lies about Savarkar that he apologised to the British.
“Fact of the matter is that few people know that Veer Savarkar had filed a mercy petition at the behest of Mahatma Gandhi as a legal right. Mahatma Gandhi wanted that Savarkar should come out of jail and join the freedom movement,” said Singh.
“There can’t be two opinions on this that Veer Savarkar ji was a great freedom fighter. Looking at him through the prism of any ideology, ignoring his contribution in nation-building, demonising him are the acts that can never be forgiven,” said the Defence Minister.
Giving an example of hatred against Savarkar, Rajnath Singh recalled two incidents.
“The hatred for him was such that when a picture of Savarkar was being placed in the Parliament in 2003 most political parties boycotted it but only former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar attended the programme. A plaque that was installed in Savarkar ji’s name in Andaman and Nicobar jail was removed when the government changed,” said the Defence Minister.
While introducing the book, author Uday Mahurkar asserted that the era to Veer Savarkar’s thoughts has begun.
Objecting to the naming of roads in Delhi after figures such as Aurangzeb, Mahurkar said that time has also come to give due recognition to nationalist Muslims like Dara Shukoh, Havildar Abdul Hamid, and etcetera. (PW News)