Congressional leader Jairam Ramesh and AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi shared on Twitter a letter from Gandhi on January 25, 1920 to Savarkar’s brother about a case, and accused the Union minister of giving it a “spin. “to what Gandhi wrote.
The AIMIM leader also said that the first petition Savarkar wrote was in 1911, just six months after he got to prison and that Gandhi was then in South Africa. Savarkar wrote again in 1913/14 and Gandhi’s advice is from 1920, he added.
“Rajnath singhji is one of the few sober and dignified voices of Modi Sarkar. But it doesn’t seem to be free from the RSS habit of rewriting history. It has put a twist on what Gandhi actually wrote on January 25, 1920. Here’s that letter to Savarkar’s brother, “Ramesh said on Twitter as he shared the letter.
Rajnath Singh-ji is one of the few sober and dignified voices of Modi Sarkar. But it doesn’t seem to be free of RSS h… https://t.co/zY4HUnKlym
– Jairam Ramesh (@Jairam_Ramesh) 1634108601000
“Rajnath Singh has clearly taken Gandhi’s letter of January 25, 1920 out of context. Not surprising. This is part of the BJP / RSS course,” he said in another tweet.
Defending Savarkar, BJP MP Rakesh sinha tweeted “Congress opposes Savarkar ji, who never integrated with the British administration and exhibited the greatest sacrifice for the Fatherland. However, some people dined regularly at Mountbatten’s house.”
Congress opposes Savarkar ji, who never joined the British administration and exhibited the greatest sacrifice of… https://t.co/i2g8hx4tvL
– Professor Rakesh Sinha MP (@ RakeshSinha01) 1634114190000
Amit Malviya, head of the IT cell of the BJP, in a tweet quoted Gandhi in Savarkar: “He is smart. He is brave, he is a patriot. Evil, in its hidden form from the current system of government, saw it long before me”. He is in the Andamans for having loved India too much. Under a just government, he would be occupying a high position: Gandhi in Savarkar. ”
“He is clever. He is brave, he is a patriot. Evil, in its hidden form from the current system of government, is… https://t.co/EaF8o3XkG5
– Amit Malviya (@amitmalviya) 1634115242000
Jairam Ramesh’s comments were in response to a Savarkar historian and biographer Vikram sampath, who tweeted: “An unnecessary fuss over Rajnath Singh’s statement.”
“In my Vol. 1 and in countless interviews I had already stated that in 1920 Gandhiji advised the Savarkar brothers to petition and even defended their release through an essay in Young India on May 26, 1920. So, what of what noise is about, “said Sampath.
Tweeting on the subject, another historian, S Irfan Habib, said: “Yes, the monochrome writing of history is really changing, led by the minister who claims that Gandhi asked Savarkar to write petitions for clemency. At least it is accepted. now that he did write. No documentary evidence needed when the minister makes a claim. New story for New India. ”
Yes, the monochrome writing of history is really changing, led by the minister who claims that Gandhi asked Savarkar to write… https://t.co/bJSF3CdmJx
– S lrfan Habib (@irfhabib) 1634091929000
Owaisi attacked Singh and said: “Mister @rajnathsingh, you said that Savarkar’s humiliating requests for mercy were on the advice of Gandhi. Here is Gandhi’s letter to Savarkar. There is no mention of any petition to the British asking for mercy, mercy and promising to be a faithful servant of the crown. ”
BJP ally JD (U) also got into the dispute over Rajnath Singh’s claim, with party spokesman KC Tyagi demanding that the letters exchanged between Gandhi and Savarkar be made public to shed light on the matter.
“While it is true that Savarkar spent many years in prison, it is also true that he offered an apology and was released with the consent of the British administration after reaching a pact with them,” Tyagi said, adding that he also decided to withdraw from politics after his release.
The copy of Gandhi’s letter to SD Savarkar, shared by Ramesh and Owaisi, read: “I have your letter. It is difficult to advise you. However, I suggest you make a short request setting out the facts of the case which is set out in clear relief. the fact that the crime committed by your brother was purely political. I suggest it so that it is possible to focus public attention on the case. In the meantime, as I told you in a previous letter, I move on the matter in my own way. ”
Rajnath Singh, at an event to publish a book on Veer Savarkar on Tuesday, had alleged that there was a deliberate conspiracy to smear Savarkar and that it was on the advice of Gandhi that he wrote his pleas for clemency.
“He was an icon of Indian history and will continue to be. There may be differences of opinion about him, but dismissing him as inferior is neither appropriate nor justifiable. He was a freedom fighter and a staunch nationalist, but people who follow Marxist ideology and Leninists are the ones who accuse Savarkar of being a fascist … ”Singh said, adding that hatred of Savarkar is“ illogical and without place ”.
Speaking of Savarkar as a freedom fighter, he said his commitment to freedom was so strong that the British sentenced him to life in prison twice.
“Lies about Savarkar are spread repeatedly. It was reported that he submitted many clemency petitions seeking his release from prisons … It was Mahatma Gandhi who asked him to present clemency petitions …” said the minister of clemency. Defending.