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BJP will declare Savarkar as father of India?

Savarkar's Hindutva ideology is a major obstacle for minorities in India as they face hardships at the hands of Hindu extremists. Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs continue to suffer a mass violation of human rights. On several occasions, BJP and Hindutva nationalists even kill minorities. 

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All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi hits back at Indian Defence minister Rajnath Singh’s recent claim on Mahatma Gandhi. Tuesday, the Defence Minister said, “on Mahatma Gandhi’s request, Savarkar wrote mercy petitions to the British.”

On this note, the AIMIM chief accused BJP of distorting history as Mahatma Gandhi made no such request. He further alleged that the BJP will soon declare Vinayak Damodar Savarkar as ‘the father of the nation’.

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In a series of tweets, Owaisi posted a copy of a letter to Savarkar from Gandhi.

“They (BJP) are presenting distorted history. If this continues, they will remove Mahatma Gandhi and make Savarkar, who was accused of the murder of Mahatma Gandhi and was pronounced complicit in the inquiry of Justice Jeevan Lal Kapur, as the father of the nation,” Owaisi said.

Savarkar: Founder of Hindutva

Owaisi’s rebuttal comes as the Defence Minister recently spoke at an event to release a book on Savarkar.

To clarify, Vinayak Damodar “Veer” Savarkar was an Indian politician, activist, and writer. He developed the Hindu nationalist political ideology of Hindutva while imprisoned at Ratnagiri in 1922.

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The Defence Minister commemorated the Hindutva ideologue and called him an icon of Indian history. Furthermore, he stated that Savarkar’s legacy faced many lies.

“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. Mahatma Gandhi asked him to file mercy petitions,” Mr. Singh said.

However, Owaisi debunked the claims. He said Gandhi was in South Africa when Savarkar wrote the mercy petition. Additionally, Owaisi stated that Savarkar did not consider India as land for Muslims and Christians.

In conclusion, Savarkar’s Hindutva ideology is a major obstacle for minorities in India as they face hardships at the hands of Hindu extremists.

Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs continue to suffer a mass violation of human rights. On several occasions, BJP and Hindutva nationalists even kill minorities.

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