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'Hindutva is one and would remain the same till the end': Mohan Bhagwat at Veer Savarkar book launch

The RSS chief was speaking at the book launch — ‘Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition.

Anand Prakash Pandey Anand Prakash Pandey
New Delhi Updated on: October 12, 2021 21:46 IST

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat on Tuesday said Hindutva is one and it would the same till the end. Lamenting on the fact that there is a lack of correct information about Veer Savarkar in today's India, Bhagwat explained that a campaign to defame the activist and writer is also prevalent. He also stressed that in the current political scenario in the country, the thoughts of the flagbearer of Hindutva are much needed.

While speaking at the book launch — ‘Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition,’ Bhagwat said, "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. There is a campaign to defame Savarkar. They are defaming because of their nationality of India, because their shop may be closed." Mohan Bhagwat further said that Sir Syed Ahmed is the father of Muslim discontent.

The RSS chief once again reiterated that the ancestors of all those living in India are the same irrespective of their caste and creed. All the people living in India are Hindus, he said, adding the meaning of Hinduism here is very broad.

He also advised people of all faiths to live together. Bhagwat said, "what happens in our Parliament. Except physical fight, everything happens, but later everyone comes out and laughs together, jokes, hugs."

The Sangh chief said all the religions that came to India were welcomed. "So don't talk of separation, don't talk of special rights."

Objecting to the use of the word minority, Mohan Bhagwat said that there is no such thing as minority. "We are one, we are the inheritors of the same culture, in spite of differing rituals and languages. No appeasement, and welfare of all. Everyone has rights, so also duties," he added.

Mohan Bhagwat further said that Savarkar never accepted anything blindly. "He didn't hate Muslims, he knew Urdu too. There are many thoughts in a democracy. Those who do not know the generosity of Savarkar's ideas, they defame there. Savarkar had given a statement that Gandhiji is needed by the country. Gandhiji should work keeping his health in good health, because he is needed. Ambedkar and Gandhiji have been appreciated by all, but petty people have made frivolous things and condemnation about Savarkar.

He further said that walk equally, equal in duties, and equal in fruits, there is no minority. Our motherland cannot be divided. Lohia also used to talk of Akhand Bharat.

On the occasion, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh was also present. Singh said that “people are not able to understand” Savarkar because a lot has been said by many people with different ideology.

“This book is written after so much hard work and research. I congratulate the authors for it. Reading about nationalist Veer Savarkar is not easy. He has done so much that it’s difficult to put that into just one book. This book will clear out rumours about the life of Savarkar. A lot has been written on Savarkar by those who have a certain ideology. Hence people are not able to understand him,” the senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader said.

“You may have a difference of opinion about our heroes but to have one perspective about them is not right. Savarkar was a great freedom fighter. Ignoring him and insulting him is not pardonable. He will always be great freedom fighter. Some people who have certain ideology raise questions on Savarkar. Twice he was sent to lifetime imprisonment by the British. He used to believe in discussion,” Singh said.

Author Uday Mahurkar, veteran journalist, political analyst and Central Information Commissioner, in his book, has talked about current national security problems and how matters of concern would not have existed in the presence of freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. In an exclusive interview with India TV, Mahurkar said, "Savarkar since the begining had warned the Congress that Muslim appeasement wouldnot work, but no one listned. And hence partition happened." His book is one-of its-kind, the author said.

"Savarkar's views were not Hindus' supremacy view, but it was Hindus' protective view," Mahurkar stressed.

Explaining his point further, the author said that once when Savarkar and Jinnah were compared, the Hindutva leader had said, "While Jinnah is in favour of more and more concessions and I am for equal treatment for all." 

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