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Thank you Yogendra ji and i am glad there is civil discourse. I obviously can't put things in 140 character twitter-war format. But will b addressing all these issues in depth in my book based on years of research. Meanwhile u could read his Hindu Rashtra darshan and also (1/n)
The views of Sir Cripps who met Savarkar too and had remarked that one of the most clear n tough stands on freedom were taken by this man n i was flummoxed by his lawyer-like arguments (not exact words, but sum n substance). (2/n)
Under him the Hindu Mahasabha articulated a clear vision of free India where minorities could enjoy all rights n no special privileges like communal award or excess representations. Many like Savarkar n Ambedkar or Bose did not approve of Gandhi's methods (3/n)
Ambedkar too never led mass anti colonial agitations like Gandhi except when it came to caste issues. Do we doubt his patriotism too then? We cant afford to today as there is a "vote bank" that can lynch u for anything said against him (4/n)
Your new friend Arun Shourie who penned Worshipping False Gods can tell more on that! Savarkar is a soft target as no one fights his case. He had major differences with RSS n they have disowned him almost (5/n)
Hence as a serious academic i just appeal to a fellow-academic not to over simplify n dumb down history in this instant gratification social media game. It helps win some petty arguments may be. But i beseech ur patience till my book comes out in August. Warm regards n thanks!
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