During Deepawali festivals, October 2017, Smt Nirmala Sitharaman the Defense Minister of India visited the Cellular Jail in Andaman. She especially visited the cell Veer Savarkar was kept in and paid her respect to the great philosopher revolutionary. It brought about a storm in the secular-liberal world of social media. Be it politicians of the Congress party, AAP or the journalists with left inclination, everyone used the choicest language against Veer Savarkar and Smt Sitharaman as well.
This is just one incident, the blind protest against Veer Savarkar has a long history ever since the time of Nehru and Gandhi. A recent article in The Wire portraying Savarkar as a supporter of the British colonialism is also an example. There are three major allegations that anti-Hindu forces make a great fuss about. First, is Veer Savarkar asked for amnesty, the second one is supported two- nations theory and the third one is, he was communalist and wanted Muslims to be second category citizens in his model Hindu Rashtra. Here, we discuss this third one.
Though the constitution proposed by the Hindu Mahasabha also hailed the equal rights of Muslims as Hindu. Here we present a more simple example of what Savarkar’s view was about Hindu Muslim Unity.
”Convey our message to the Emperor not to indulge in hate of the Marathas in future. Maybe through such relations, a common Indian Empire could evolve where Hindus and Muslims would be able to function as brothers on the basis of equality! One who becomes an emperor with the consent and prowess of the Hindus, it does not matter if he is Muslim or not by religion! Henceforward if the Muslims treat Bharat Mata as mother and Hindus as brothers then we Hindus will treat them as brothers. If they want unity, it will occur on this basis. If not, then we are not afraid of disunity!”