The Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha distributed knives to students on Tuesday to commemorate the birth anniversary of Hindu Mahasabha leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
The students belonged to Class X to XII and thus were minors. Ashok Pandey, spokesperson of the Hindu Mahasabha said Savarkar’s dream was:
“Rajniti ka Hindukaran and Hinduo ka Sanikikaran”
(Converting Politics into Hinduism and Converting Hindu into Soldier)
Adding further, Pandey said:
“Modiji has fulfilled the first part of Savarkar’s dream with his landslide victory in the Lok Sabha polls. We are now fulfilling the other part by distributing knives and creating Hindu soldiers.”
“If Hindus want to protect themselves and their nation, they should learn how to use weapons.”
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had posted his thoughts on the occasion of Veer Savarkar Jayanti yesterday along with a video glorifying his acts. Savarkar was the man who had coined the word “Hindutva” in 1923. PM Modi wrote:
“We bow to Veer Savarkar on his Jayanti. Veer Savarkar epitomises courage, patriotism and unflinching commitment to a strong India. He inspired many people to devote themselves towards nation building.”
We bow to Veer Savarkar on his Jayanti.
Veer Savarkar epitomises courage, patriotism and unflinching commitment to a strong India.
He inspired many people to devote themselves towards nation building. pic.twitter.com/k1rmFHz250
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 28, 2019
Mahasabha’s national secretary Puja Shakun Pandey said that this was a step to motivate hindus and empower them, especially younger generation with knives to protect themselves.
She also justified she had distributed the knives to the minor children along with the Bhagwad Gita (holy book of the Hindus) since the children had achieved good results in their exams. She quoted that it was important for the kids to know when the weapons should be used. She added that this was being done so that the children could protect their daughters and sisters when required.
On January 30 this year, when the country marked the 71st death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, the same Pooja Shakun Pandey dressed in saffron, had posted a video shooting an effigy of Mahatma Gandhi with an air pistol and garlanding his assassin Nathuram Godse. The Hindu Mahasabha leader also told reporters that her organisation had started a new tradition by “recreating” the assassination, and it would be an annual event “just like the burning of Raavan on Dussehra”.
Who was Savarkar?
- Veer Savarkar was born on May 28, 1883 near Nasik in Maharashtra
- In 1901, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar married Yamunabai, who was the daughter of Ramchandra Triambak Chiplunkar. She supported his university education. In 1902, he enrolled in Fergusson College in Pune
- As a young man, he was inspired by Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Bipin Chandra Pal and Lala Lajpat Rai
- He was sentenced to 50 years and was sent to the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands in 1911. He was released in 1921. The airport at Port Blair in Andaman and Nicobar’s capital was renamed Veer Savarkar International Airport in 2002
- In 1923, he founded the word “Hindutva” and said that India belonged to only those who considered it as their holy land and their fatherland
- Veer Savarkar founded the two-nation theory in his book ‘Hindutva’ calling Hindus and Muslims two separate nations. In 1937, Hindu Mahasabha passed it as a resolution.