The national memorial and museum established in memory of Mahatma Gandhi has released a special edition of its monthly magazine Antim Jan, dedicated to Hindutva Vinayak leader Damodar Savarkar, with the front hailing him as a ”great patriot” whose place in history as ”no less than that of Gandhi”.
The June issue of the magazine published in Hindi by Gandhi Smriti and Darshan Samiti (GSDS), a sacred institution of the Ministry of Culture chaired by the Prime Minister, features Savarkar on the cover as an illustration, along with old articles reproduced works by Gandhi on religious tolerance, Savarkar on Hindutva and the late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Savarkar.
The Samiti Overseas Gandhi Smriti located at Birla House on Tees January Marg where he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse on 30th January 1948, and which was later turned into a museum. The GSDS also oversees the Gandhi Darshan, a solemn memorial to the Mahatma at Rajghat.
Vajpayee’s piece is called “Ek Chingari thhey Savarakar”. The June issue of Antim Jan also includes articles from other contributors, such as ‘Veer Savarkar Mahatma Gandhi Hatya Abhiyog’ by Dr Shreerang Godbole; “Gandhi Evam Savarkar ka Sambandh” by Dr (Maj) Madhusudan Cherekar; “Veer Savarkar ko Etihasik Nyay Kab” by Umesh Chaturvedi: “Swatanra ki Vedi ke Do Phool: Gandhi aur Savarkar” by Mritunjay Kumar among others.
Vijay Goel, Vice President of GSDS, who wrote the front titled — ‘Mahan Deshbhakt Veer Savarkar’ (Great Patriot Veer Savarkar) — for the issue, in his article said: ”Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was a great patriot, freedom fighter, bearer of indomitable courage, marvelous writer and fabulous orator.
“Whenever there is talk of making supreme sacrifices during the struggle for freedom, Veer Savarkar’s name will be taken with respect and stature,” Goel writes.
The GSDS Vice President hailed Savarkar as a person with “multifaceted talents” and a “high quality writer” and “nationalist thinker”.
Savarkar is a controversial Hindu leader whose legacy has both admirers and critics. During British rule, he was also housed in the Celular prison on the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and he was also the author of many books, including “The Indian War of Independence 1857”, “My Transportation for Life” and ” Hindu Rashtra Darshan”. .
In October 2019, Tushar Gandhi, great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, said that Savarkar was the “boss” of the Mahatma’s assassination.
Savarkar, who was tried in the Gandhi assassination case but was acquitted, had not been declared innocent by the court, he claimed.
Goel at the front, said further: ”It hurts that those who weren’t imprisoned one day, didn’t suffer for the nation, didn’t do anything for the country and the nation, they criticize patriots like Savarkar who made sacrifices. Even so, Savarkar’s place in history and his honor when it comes to the struggle for freedom is no less than that of Gandhi”.
Inspired by the Prime Minister, the country celebrates the Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav. “And, we should remember the memories of Veer Savarkar and other great soldiers,” he said. The June issue also contains a black and white portrait of Savarkar, born May 28, 1883.
An article by the magazine’s editor, Praveen Dutt Sharma, entitled “Gandhi ka Gussa” was also included in the issue. On May 28 this year, the Special Officer and Commissioner of the newly reunified Delhi Municipality had decorated the statue of Savarkar located at Lajpat Nagar in South Delhi.
They paid tribute to “great patriot and freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on the occasion of his 139th birthday”, the MCD said in a statement.
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