New Delhi: Noting that there had been “deliberate attempts to defame” Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that it was on Mahatma Gandhi’s request that he wrote mercy petitions to the British.
Speaking at the launch of the book ‘Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition’, Singh said, “Lies were spread about Savarkar. Time and again, it was said that he filed mercy petitions before the British government seeking his release from jail”. “It was Mahatma Gandhi who asked him to file mercy petitions,” he added.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat, Union Ministers Gen VK Singh (retd), Jitendra Singh, Parshottam Rupala and Arjun Ram Meghwal were among those present at the event.
Earlier, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said on Tuesday that “the real target wasn’t a person but India’s nationalism”. Speaking at the launch of the book ‘”Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition’, Bhagwat said Sarvarkar had thought it necessary to expound on Hindutva considering the situation of the time.
Bhagwat cited RSS ideologue P Parameswaran who had said that after “defaming” Savarkar, the next on target will be Swami Vivekananda, Swami Dayanand Saraswati and Yogi Arvind as they were pioneers of nationalism in India and it is from their thoughts that Savarkar drew his inspiration from.Bhagwat said that there was a deliberate attempt to defame Savarkar. “But the real target wasn’t a person but India’s nationalism. So, if everyone is united, many will be out of jobs,” he said. “It is our responsibility to keep our motherland united,” he added. “Yogi Arvind had said that eventually, Akhand Bharat will come into being. Ram Manohar Lohia too dreamt about Akhand Bharat,” he said and referred to Hinduism as a force of unity.
With Inputs From ANI.