IN HIS weekly column published in Shiv Sena mouthpiece Saamana, party MP Sanjay Raut questioned the BJP’s “silence” regarding the demand to remove Veer Savarkar’s portrait from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), following a controversy over Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s portrait. Raut demanded that Savarkar be awarded the ‘Bharat Ratna’ award immediately.
“Injustice has been meted out to Savarkar by all governments. But there is a Hindutva government at the Centre and the state. In the new regime, Deen Dayal Upadhyay gets honour, his portraits are installed on government walls. But there is no place for Savarkar’s portraits… it (the government) should immediately announce a Bharat Ratna for Savarkar. Otherwise, it should declare that its Hindutva is limited to politics,” the Sena MP wrote in his column titled Rokthok.
It further read that “small-time” poets and writers, as well as Bollywood actors, have been honoured with Padma awards. “Why are the Hindutvavadis quiet on the demand to remove his photo from AMU? Why are the Modi supporters, who become aggressive in response to criticism of Modi now quiet on Savarkar? It is surprising that those who gheraoed and killed Muslims for slaughtering cows are tolerating the insult of Savarkar,” he added.
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