There has been a huge joust over naming the Yelahanka flyover in Bengaluru, Karnataka in the name of Veer Savarkar
Bengaluru: As you all might be aware, there is a massive controversy over christening the Yelahanka flyover in Bengaluru, Karnataka after freedom fighter Veer Savarkar.
Veer Savarkar, as we all know, gave his life for the freedom movement. But for the Congress and its coterie, he has always been an object of scorn and scourge!
For a long time, they have left no stone unturned to besmirch his image.
Let’s tell you that Savarkar was a multifaceted personality. He wasn’t just an independence fighter but was a writer and a lawyer too.
Now, let’s dive to the allegations and their rebuttals.
When in Andaman jail, Savarkar wrote amnesty petitions to the British
In his autobiography, Savarkar does confess that he repeatedly sought release from the jail under the provisions of the British law pertinent at that point in time. However, he clearly states that he did not apologise or try to appease the British in his endeavour.
After release from Andaman jail, he cooperated with the British and opposed Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose.
When he was under house arrest for 14 years, Savarkar undertook a massive endeavour to eradicate malaises like caste untouchability and superstitions prevalent in the Hindu society.
It has also come to light that Subhash Chandra Bose himself praised Savarkar as he exhorted them to join the Indian National Army.
Savarkar was a great supporter of two-nation theory
In an interview to daily Kaal published in the year 1943, Savarkar openly batted against partition. He has also exhorted his members to fight against the splitting of the nation made imminent by the aggressive policy of Muslims.
Savarkar was involved in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhiji
Savarkar was completely acquitted from this allegation by the court. It is true that Nathuram Godse was Savakar’s follower at a certain point of time. However, not a shred of evidence to prove his involvement in the conspiracy to assassinate Gandhiji was produced in the court.
All these allegations and rebuttals for the same have been sourced from Hindujagriti.org
There is more that we need to tell you. While the Congress goes bonkers and ballistic over Savarkar, none other than Indira Gandhi, a Congress stalwart herself acknowledged Savarkar’s contribution to the freedom struggle.
In a letter dating back to 1980 that is widely circulated in the media, Indira Gandhi had said: “Veer Savarkar’s daring defiance of the British Government has its own importance in the annals of our Freedom movement. I wish success to the plans to celebrate the birth centenary of the remarkable son of India."
Not just Indira Gandhi, even another Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had praised Veer Savarkar and acknowledged his contribution.
He had said: “We are not against Savarkar ji but the question is, we're not in favour of the Hindutva ideology that Savarkar ji patronised and stood for."
So let’s stop this joust over a holy soul like Savarkar and rejoice in his memories.
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Last Updated May 28, 2020, 1:04 PM IST