Some opposition leaders on Wednesday hit out at Defense Minister Rajnath Singh for a remark made in reference to Mahatma Gandhi and Veer Savarkar and alleged that he was “trying to rewrite history”. Singh had said on Tuesday that Veer Savarkar had given mercy petitions to the British government at the behest of Mahatma Gandhi.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi shared on Twitter a copy of a letter written by Mahatma Gandhi to Savarkar’s brother on June 25, 1920 in a case and alleged that senior BJP leader Rajnath Singh Gandhi Distorting what has been written. Ramesh said, ‘Rajnath Singh ji is one of the few serious and decent people of the Modi government. But it seems that he too has not been able to break free from the RSS habit of rewriting history. They have separately presented what Mahatma Gandhi had written on January 25, 1920.’
Owaisi said the first mercy petition on behalf of Savarkar was given in 1911, six months after he was jailed, and Mahatma Gandhi was in South Africa at that time. After this Savarkar gave mercy petition in 1913-14. BJP MP Rakesh Sinha tweeted defending Savarkar saying, “Congress opposes Savarkar ji who never associated with British administration and set an example of supreme sacrifice for the motherland. However, some people regularly had dinner at Mountbatten’s house.’
BJP’s IT cell chief Amit Malviya quoted one of Gandhi’s remarks about Savarkar as saying, “He is very intelligent. He is brave, he is a patriot. He had seen before me the evil inherent in the present government. He is in Andaman because he loves India very much. He would have held a higher position in the government.
Rajnath Singh on Tuesday said that there can be debates about the personality and work of national heroes, but ignoring and humiliating Veer Savarkar’s contribution by looking through the prism of ideology is not forgivable and justified. Rajnath Singh said this at the launch program of the book ‘Veer Savarkar Who Could Have Prevented Partition’ by Uday Mahurkar and Chirayu Pandit. He had also said that Savarkar had given mercy petition before the British at the behest of Mahatma Gandhi.