PM Modi salutes Veer Savarkar on his death anniversary

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new Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid tribute to him at (). In a tweet, the PM described Savarkar as an ‘eponym of sacrifice and tenacity’. PM Modi wrote that ‘his life dedicated in the service of the motherland will always remain a source of inspiration for the countrymen.’ From political parties to people’s opinion on Savarkar, one of the controversial figures of Indian politics, is also divided. Born in Ratnagiri, Savarkar is recognized as the father of Hindu nationalist ideology. Savarkar popularized ‘Hindutva’ by joining the Hindu Mahasabha. Savarkar also supported the concept of India as a Hindu nation. Savarkar breathed his last on 26 February 1966 in Bombay (now Mumbai).

There was a proposal to give Bharat Ratna to SavarkarUnion Home Minister Amit Shah has said about Savarkar that if Savarkar had not been there, then perhaps the battle of 1857 would not have got the name of the first freedom struggle in Indian history. During the Maharashtra Assembly elections in 2019, the BJP had promised Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar in its manifesto, about which the Congress had also raised questions. Controversy has arisen over Savarkar on many occasions. The Vajpayee government has tried to give Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar. In the year 2000, the Vajpayee government under the then President K.R. Narayanan, which he rejected.

Controversy over the name of Savarkar even todayBorn on May 28, 1883 in a Marathi Brahmin family, Savarkar is known for his vision of a Hindu Rashtra and a united India. During the Quit India Movement and the Second World War, Savarkar was the President of the Hindu Mahasabha. From 1937 to 1942, Veer Savarkar was the 15th National President of the All India Hindu Mahasabha. Politician and writer, Savarkar’s name continues to stir controversy five decades after his death for openly opposing the Quit India Movement. He is also known to have served his sentence in the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

[Attribution to NBT]

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