Vinayak Savarkar, is popularly known as ‘Veer Savarkar’ and ‘Svatantryaveer Savarkar’ by all Indians. He was a brave freedom fighter and social reformer. Born on May 28, 1883, Savarkar’s life was full of ups and downs and even after 52 years of his death, his teachings and writings are not explored fully. Only lesser people know that he was also a poet, philosopher, playwright, and a well-admired political leader.
Many myths surrounded Savarkar throughout his life. Did he support cow slaughtering or was involved in Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination? Let’s look at some myths and facts related to Savarkar.
Some sources say that Savarkar was one of the 8 people charged in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi. But they were acquitted. Savarkar was also accused of trying to murder British officers.
Madanlal with Dhingra
Savarkar’s first charge of murder was in 1909. Madanlal Dhingra had killed Sir William Curzon Wiley in London. Dhingra was hanged. The flaw was not fixed on Savarkar. In his biography Savarkar Ang’s His Times published after Independence, it is revealed that he had trained Dhingra.
Apologize to the government
Kalapani was a terrible punishment. Savarkar was placed in the place of animals in the crusher. In 1911, Savarkar sent the first mercy petition to the government. Then in 1913, he sent the petition again.
In the second petition, Savarkar wrote that he believed in the government. They should be sent to a jail in India. They do not believe in violence. Several years later, in 1921, the government sent him to Pune jail. Three years later he was released on many conditions. Savarkar accepted the condition of not participating in any political activity without the permission of the government.
Cow slaughter support
Savarkar had written in the essay ‘Science Fidelity Essay’: It is normal to believe in cow in a country like India. People get milk and many things from cow which are our needs. For many families the cow becomes part of the family. So this is useful for us. It is our gratitude that the cow is made God-conscious. But it is also that if you ask people about the divinity of the cow, then people can only tell its usefulness.
The cow is also an animal, which has less intelligence than a fool. If we consider the cow to be God, then it will be an insult to human beings.
The cow eats one side and on the other side lies in its own urine and dung. All the dirty with his tail wrapped on his body. A creature who does not understand cleanliness, how can it be considered a God?
Serve the cow, because it is useful – Savarkar
How can the cow’s urine and dung be made sacred, whereas people like Ambedkar consider the shadow of humans as impure. This shows how human intelligence has become corrupted. If God wants to accept it, then it means that humans are for the cow. But this is not so. Serve the cow, because it is useful. This means that in the days of fighting or when this becomes a burden, there is no reason why it should not be killed.
It will not be an exaggeration if it is said that the country has lost due to the worship of the cow. History tells us that the Hindu state was lost due to this trust. The kings have often fought the battles because they refused to kill the cow. Muslims used cow as shield and they were assured that Hindus would not do any harm to the cow.
Death due to hunger strike
Savarkar fasted till death in 1966. He did not eat food and drink. But the opponents and haters of Savarkar tell one thing about this. In 1965, the Government of India appointed Justice JL Kapoor Committee. This committee started the investigation again on Gandhi’s assassination. People ‘doubt that’ Savarkar wanted to avoid his ‘insult’ coming in his name. But there is no convincing evidence to support this idea.
History has never been kind to Veer Savarkar
His name was soiled with Gandhi’s assassination. He also became a cause celebre in France. It is believed that Veer Sarvarkar is one of those freedom fighters who couldn’t claim much credit of their deeds because of the false propaganda against them.
Source- Internet & Firstpost.com
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