Union Defense Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) ideologue VD Savarkar presented India with a "strong defense and diplomatic principle". He described Savarkar as India's greatest and first expert on defense and strategic affairs in the 20th century. At the launch of a book on Savarkar in Delhi, the Defense Minister also said that people following Marxist and Leninist ideologies accused Savarkar of being a fascist and a supporter of Hindutva.
He said very clearly that India's relations with other countries should depend on how conducive they are to our security and national interests. He was clear that it did not matter what kind of government the other country had. Any country will be a friend as long as it is in our interests.
Rajnath Singh said that a campaign was launched to defame him. He said, “He was a freedom fighter and there is no doubt about it. It is not forgivable to portray him otherwise."
The mercy petition was given at the behest of Gandhi
Referring to the controversy about the mercy petitions of Savarkar, who was serving a life sentence in the Andaman in the 1910s, the minister said, "It was the right of a prisoner. Gandhiji told him to do so. Bapu In the appeal, Savarkar had also spoken of doing the same. He had said that the way we are fighting for freedom peacefully, he will also do the same.
Rajnath Singh was speaking at the release of the book Veer Savarkar - The Man Who Can Prevent Partition, authored by Uday Mahurkar and Chirayu Pandit.On this occasion, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat also said that those who did not understand the multi-faceted personality of Savarkar, they defamed him. He said that Savarkar's ideology was in line with the idea of being able to walk together and speak in one voice, despite differing political ideologies. Rajnath told Savarkar the lion
Presiding over the program, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh described Savarkar as a lion and said that as long as the lion does not tell its own story, the hunter remains great. He said that the country remained unacquainted with the great personality and patriotism of Savarkar for a long time. It is not fair to look at them with an eyesore. Those who insulted him by looking at him through the prism of any ideology cannot be forgiven. Savarkar was, is and will be a great hero. Referring to Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Rajnath Singh said that Vajpayee had correctly interpreted Savarkar.
Taking a dig at those who defame Savarkar, he said that some people accuse him of being a Nazi and a fascist. These are the people who are Marxists and Leninists. Savarkar believed in Hindutva, but he was not a Hinduist, but a nationalist realist. For him the country was not a political unit but a cultural unit. Veer Savarkar was the greatest soldier and diplomat of the 20th century. Savarkar was not a person but an idea that will always be there.
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