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Rajnath Singh, Mohan Bhagwat slam ‘drive to vilify Savarkar’ | India News – Times of India


NEW DELHI: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and defence minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday hit out at what they called a motivated campaign to vilify the image of Veer Savarkar as part of a larger project to malign the Hindutva movement and cause divisions in society.
“Sarvarkar and RSS are only their initial targets… I fear a similar campaign might be launched against our forefathers like Swami Vivekanand, Dayanand Saraswati and Swami Aurobindo also as it is said that Savarkar was inspired by them the most,” Bhagwat said. “India’s effort has always been to unify the whole world but the campaign was launched against this spirit as it could have hurt many with vested interests,” he said.
Bhagwat and Singh were speaking at the lauch of a book, ‘Veer Savarkar, the Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition’, by Uday Mahurkar and Chirayu Pandit.
Rebutting the charge that Savarkar with his “two-nation theory” was responsible for the Partition, Bhagwat said it was the politics of appeasement and British policy of divide-and-rule that divided the two communities which had “lived together in peace and harmony for centuries”. Unfortunately the increasing influence of Wahabis changed that spirit, he said.
He that while figures like Dara Shikoh and Hasan Khan Mewati should be glorified, those like Aurangzeb cannot be put on a pedestal.
The defence minister lamented that a section opposed to Savarkar presented wrong facts about him and questioned even his patriotism. “Savarkar was awarded life imprisonment twice. His mercy petition was filed at the behest of Mahatma Gandhi,” Singh said and added, “You may have a difference of opinion about our heroes but to paint them in bad light is not right. Savarkar was a great freedom fighter. Ignoring him and insulting him is not pardonable.”
“Opposition parties hated Savarkar to such an extent that in February 2003 they boycotted an event in which the then president APJ Abdul Kalam had unveiled a portrait of Savarkar. Only former PM Chandra Shekhar had participated. The opposition parties did not even respect the office of the President,” Singh said. A plaque in memory of Savarkar installed by Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2004 at Cellular Jail was removed after UPA assumed office, he said.
Bhagwat said Savarkar was a visionary and his ideology was more relevant today as he had advocated militarisation of youth, “contrary to another thinking that there was no need of the military, which was proved wrong when China attacked in 1962”. “After 2014, foreign policy and borders security are at the forefront of governance,” he said.





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