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Savarkar & the BJP

Print edition : January 17, 2020

Senior BJP leader L.K. Advani paying homage to Savarkar on his birth anniversary in Parliament House in New Delhi on May 28, 2014. Also seen is Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Savarkar’s prison cell at the Cellular Jail, also known as Kala Pani, in Port Blair. Photo: K. Murali Kumar

May 27, 1948: At the trial of those accused of participation and complicity in Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination. Seated in front (left): Nathuram Godse and Narayan Apte. Savarkar, wearing a black cap and glasses, is in the last row. Photo: Photo Division, Government of India

What was Savarkar’s record in his 83 years to hail him as a hero? Six abject apologies to the British rulers, an unprecedented record in the entire history of any country’s freedom movement. Add to them four murders which he conspired in from 1909 to 1948, the last being Gandhi’s.

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