New Delhi: Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, additionally identified to many as Veer Savarkar, filed mercy petition with the British regime throughout his imprisonment in Andaman jail on the suggestion of Mahatma Gandhi, however individuals who comply with the Marxist and Leninist ideology are those who accuse him of being a fascist, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh mentioned on Tuesday.
Whereas talking at an occasion to launch a guide on Savarkar, Singh described him as a “nationwide icon” and mentioned he gave the nation a “sturdy defence and diplomatic doctrine”.
“Lies had been unfold about Savarkar repeatedly. It was unfold that he filed many mercy petitions for in search of his launch from jails. It was Mahatma Gandhi who requested him to file the mercy petitions,” the Defence Minister mentioned.
“He was an icon of the Indian historical past and can stay so. There is usually a distinction of opinion about him, however to look down on him as inferior isn’t applicable and justifiable. He was a freedom fighter and a staunch nationalist, however individuals who comply with the Marxist and Leninist ideology are those who accuse Savarkar of being a fascist,” Singh mentioned, including that the hatred in direction of Savarkar is illogical and unplaced.
Singh additional hailed the Hindutva icon and mentioned that Savarkar was a freedom fighter and his dedication for freedom was so robust that the British sentenced him to life imprisonment twice.
Discussing Savarkar’s idea of Hindutva, the senior Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP) chief mentioned the phrase ‘Hindu’ for him was not related to any faith and it was linked to India’s geographical and political id. For Savarkar, Hindutva was related to cultural nationalism, he added.
Singh additionally mentioned that Savarkar was forthright in saying that India’s relations with different nations ought to rely upon how conducive these ties are to India’s safety and its pursuits, regardless of the type of authorities in these nations.
The guide – Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Might Have Prevented Partition — has been authored by Uday Mahurkar and Chirayu Pandit and printed by Rupa publications.
Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) chief Mohan Bhagwat, who was additionally current on the occasion, too echoed comparable sentiments about Savarkar.
Bhagwat mentioned his ideology of Hindutva by no means steered to distinguish between individuals on the idea of their tradition and methodology of worshipping the god.
Underlining that Savarkar was not an enemy of the Muslims, Bhagwat mentioned he had written many ghazals in Urdu.
(With inputs from PTI.)