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India Today Web Desk | New Delhi Aug 19, 2022:: In an interview with India Today, Ranjit Savarkar, grandson of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, alleged that anti-national forces had initiated the attack on the Hindutva ideologue.
“The attack on Savarkar’s image is purely for political purposes. What has happened in Shivamogga is very disturbing. A verbal attack has turned into physical assault and this is expanding. I condemn it and I believe the attack has been initiated by anti-national forces because Savarakar’s ideology is most relevant in today’s time,” Ranjit Savarkar said.
Recently, senior Congress leader Siddaramaiah sparked a controversy after he questioned putting up of Savarkar’s photo in Muslim areas. The question evoked sharp reactions from the ruling BJP.
Talking about the recent row, Ranjit Savarkar said, “Savarkar opposed Pakistan, Jihadi forces, but he never opposed Muslim. Savarkar was never anti-Muslim. His only advice was to keep your religion at home, don’t force conversion, and respect others. What is wrong in that? This message of Savarkar goes to Indian Muslims, who I believe are patriotic. This message is not for Jihadi Muslims, who will always oppose Savarkar.”
When asked what Savarkar would think about politics being done in his name, Ranjit Savarkar said, “Veer Savarkar wrote Hindutva in 1923. He foresaw the Muslim League becoming separatist and demanding a separate nation based on religion. The conversion movement was going on strongly (at that time). So Savarkar’s view was that everyone has a right to exercise their religion, but it should be confined to their personal lives. “
“As far as Savarkar’s Hindutva is concerned, it was nationalist. He never even believed in God or ritualistic religion,” Ranjit Savarkar said.
He also dismissed Congress’s claim that Savarkar proposed the two-nation theory. “This is ridiculous. The theory was proposed before the birth of Savarkar,” Ranjit Savarkar told India Today.
When asked about the new generation discovering Savarkar because of recent politics surrounding the Hindutva ideologue, Ranjit Savarkar said, “Now, social media is free for everybody. I will recommend young viewers to read the Constitution proposed by the Hindu Mahasabha in 1945. It is almost similar to BR Ambedkar’s Constitution in 1947. The Constitution of Hindu Mahasabha is purely secular.”
Courtesy: India Today.