Sunday, June 6, 2010

Editorial: Saluting Swatantraya Veer Savarkar

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    • The nation celebrated the 127th birth anniversary of Swatantraya Veer Sawarkar on 28th May 2010. Born on 28 May 1883 to Shri Damodar and Smt. Radhabai Savarkar in the village of Bhagur, near the city of Nasik, Maharashtra, Sawarkar became one the most celebrated freedom fighter who is known for his fearlessness, boldness and gifted intellect. He was a great revolutionary and an uncompromising nationalist. A powerful orator, Sawarkar was also known for his zeal for social reforms and social unity.
    • Of late there have been attempts to tarnish the legacy of Sawarkar by Marxists historians and anti-nationals committed only to politically vested interests. It has been argued that he had sought clememcy form British authorities to seek his release from cellular jail. But they forget to mention that Sawarkar remained active after his release and even penned his most celebrated treatise "Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?" which continues to inspire the nationalists even today. His appeal for clemency which is misinterpreted by some misguided elements was nothing but a tactical ploy, to be like Shivaji's letter to Aurangzeb, during his arrest at Agra. A true follower of Shivaji, Sawarkar was never afraid of the suffering but it would have been a setback for the country if a man of his calibre would have continued doing manual labour when his country needed him the most. As a true revolutionary Sawarkar was committed to nationalist cause and worked throughout his life to safeguard the interests of Indian nation exposing the conspiracies by the politicians with ulterior motives and designs by the enemies of the nation. The real tribute to his memory will be to imbibe his nationalist spirit and work for the nation by saluting his legacy.

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