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Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, also known as Veer Savarkar, was an Indian freedom fighter and writer. He began the Hindu nationalist political ideology of Hindutva during his imprisonment in 1922.

Vinayak Damodar Sarvarkar’s views on a number of were at the centre of the public discourse ever since Hindutva and cultural nationalism took the centre stage in Bhartiya politics before BJP became the most influential political party in the last decade.

Unfortunately, the history writers resorted to intellectual dishonesty to denote him out of context.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar convinced his countrymen to break shackles and he did the work to remove untouchability which inspired many people and even B R Ambedkar. Nevertheless, he is still called a fascist and a sympathiser of Hitler and many foreign writers criticised him.

Ever since our independence we have maintained good relationships with democratic United States of America/ United Kingdom, monarchies and other countries too. This principle was established by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar in a speech: “The sound principle in politics lays down that no form of government or political ‘isms’ is absolutely good or bad under all circumstances to all people alike. Bharat’s relation with foreign countries depends upon our own national interest and security policies instead of the choice of government of foreign countries.”

Although he was hated he did not quit. BJP put a portrait of him in the Parliament Central hall which was opposite to Mahatma Gandhi, it was boycotted by the opposition parties. The Congress government in 2004 removed a plaque which remembered Savarkar from the Cellular Jail.

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