The real Savarkar: A British stooge, Hitler’s admirer or a Bharat Ratna?

In Gandhi's 150th year, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the controversial Hindutva ideologue of the BJP, is set to become an Indian idol, a Bharat Ratna. Illustration - Prathap Ravishankar

Several years ago, a puny little man, who was fond of wearing round black caps and perfumed jackets, thundered at the princes of India: “But anyone who might have actively betrayed the trust of the people, disowned his fathers, and debased his blood by arraying himself against his Mother — he shall be crushed to dust and ashes, and shall be looked upon as a helot, and a renegade.”

Bear in mind these fiery words of admonishment and warning as we revisit the legacy of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the controversial Hindutva ideologue whom the BJP wants anointed as ‘......

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