Remembering Savarkar: The Father of Indian Nationalism

Now that it is Veer Savarkar’s birth anniversary today, the leftist media of the country has launched a series of diabolical tirades against him in the form of biased articles and opinion pieces. None of these articles contains facts or substantial pieces of evidence to back the claims they make. They are replete with unjustified hatred for the ideologue which stems from deep-rooted prejudices against Hinduism and Hindutva-the ideology Savarakar espoused. As a result, millions of naive Indians will be fooled into buying myths that tarnish Hindutva and Hindu nationalists.

And, the reason why leftist media is so successful at fooling the masses is that most people have no idea as to what Hindutva is all about. They take for granted the garbage that media feeds them.

Media projects Hindutva as an exclusive intolerant ideology that is all about establishing Hindu hegemony over minority religions. In a sharp contrast to this falsehood, Hindutva is actually a tolerant and inclusive ideology that seeks to protect the Hindu culture from the decadence it has been subjected to in the past few centuries. Hindutva can be precisely defined as the essential quality of being a Hindu. It encompasses all faiths, ideas, culture and traditions that have sprung out of the Indian soil.

Rather than itself being hegemonic, Hindutva safeguards the diversity of Indian culture from the hegemony of monolithic Abrahamic faiths which cull diversity and independence of thought as witnessed throughout the history. Regardless of whether you are a Jain, Sikh, Buddhist, Shaiva, Vaishnava, Lingayat or anything else, Hindutva will stand by your side. Savarkar’s Hindutva is all about brotherhood and integrity, not just of Hindus, but all of humanity as seen clearly from a quote of his magnum opus, Hindutva:

“After all there is throughout this world so far as man is concerned but a single race – the human race, kept alive by one common blood, the human blood. All other talk is at best provisional, a makeshift and only relatively true. (…) Even as it is, not even the aborigines of the Andamans are without some sprinkling of the so-called Aryan blood in their veins and vice-versa. Truly speaking all that one can claim is that one has the blood of all mankind in one’s veins. The fundamental unity of man from pole to pole is true, all else only relatively so.” Hindutva, p. 90.

Moreover, what most Savarkar haters conceal while spewing venom against him is the fact that he was a staunch opponent of regressive practices like un-touchability and rigid birth-based caste system and its absurd rules. He once wrote this in a letter from the cellular jail:-

“Just as I felt I should rebel against the foreign rule over Hindusthan, I also felt that I should rebel against the caste system and untouchability in Hindusthan.” (1920, Letters from the Andamans, Samagra Savarkar vangmaya, Vol. 5, p. 490)

According to Savarkar, the Hindu society was bound by seven shackles which were un-touchability, bans on drinking water from members of other castes, inter-caste dining, inter-caste marriage, sea-voyage, the ban on taking back into the Hindu fold those who were forcibly converted to Islam or Christianity, and ostracism of those who defied these prohibitions. Unfortunately, biased Savarkar-phobes conceal this fact whenever they discuss him.

But, perhaps the evilest propaganda against Savarkar is misrepresenting his clemency petition as in a bid to prove that he was not a brave patriot but a weakling who surrendered to the British government.

Savarkar became an inmate of the Cellular Jail in the year 1910. He was classified as the most dangerous prisoner and was subjected to harshest punishments imaginable. He desperately wanted to get out of the jail so that he could serve his fatherland. Thus, he decided to submit mercy petition to the British government.

Jaywant Joglekar, who authored the Savarkar’s biography published in 2006 titled ‘Veer Savarakar Father of Hindu Nationalism’, considers that Savarkar’s mercy petition was a tactical ploy, like Shivaji’s letter to Aurangzeb, during his arrest at Agra. Moreover, those people who cherry-pick lines from Savarkar’s petition to vilify him, never quote the following lines from the very same petition in which he asks the British government to release other prisoners before him:

“If the manhood of the nation be allowed to phase glories and responsibilities of the empire with perfect equality with other citizens of it, then Indian patriots of all shades and opinions can conscientiously feel that burning sense of loyalty that one feels for one’s motherland. I also beg to submit that nothing can contribute so much to the widening and deepening of the sentiment of loyalty as a general release of all those prisoners who had been convicted for committing political offences in India. With my exception, let all the rest be released. Let the volunteer movement go on and I will rejoin in that.”

It is a crying shame that some modern Indians have been so badly brainwashed by leftist-Marxist ideologies that they demean the very people who sacrificed their lives for the country’s freedom. India, today, is witnessing levels of treachery never seen before. As responsible citizens of the country, we must stand against these anti-national forces who demonize our heroes and counter their propaganda with facts and logic.

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