A day after Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s claim thay Hindutva icon Vinayak Damodar Savarkar filed a mercy petition with the British on Mahatma Gandhi’s suggestion, AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi attacked the BJP leader, alleging that he was “trying to twist history”.
Sharing Mahatma Gandhi’s letter on Jan 25,1920 to Veer Savarkar’s brother regarding a case, the AIMIM chief accused Singh of giving a “twist” to what Gandhi wrote.
“Sir @rajnathsingh you said that Savarkar’s grovelling mercy petitions were on Gandhi’s advise. Here’s the letter to Savarkar from Mahatma Gandhi. No mention of petition to British begging for leniency, mercy & promising to be a faithful servant of the crown,” he said.
Owaisi also said that the first petition Savarkar wrote was in 1911, just 6 months after getting to prison. “Gandhi was then in South Africa. Savarkar wrote again in 1913/14. Gandhi’s advise is from 1920. Is it a lie that this “Veer” rejected tricolour & wanted Bhagva as our flag? (July 1947),” he added.
Citing defence minister’s speech yesterday, where he mentioned that Savarkar defined Hindu as anyone for whom India was fatherland or motherland, Asaduddin Owaisi said, “Savarkar, as a man of limited intellectual prowess had actually defined Hindu as someone for whom India was fatherland AND holy Land.”
“In his view, India was not the holy land for Muslims & Christians and so they couldn’t be fully loyal to India. What is your view on this as Defence Minister? Do you subscribe to this theory?” He questioned.
IMHO, Owaisi said, adding “whoever wrote this speech for you should be fired. It’s not good to have advisers who have a Savarkarite relationship to truth.”
During the launch of a book on Savarkar at Ambedkar International Centre on Tuesday, Rajnath Singh had alleged that there was a deliberate conspiracy to defame Veer Savarkar, and that it was on Mahatma Gandhi’s advice that he wrote his mercy petitions.