Hindutva: Who is a Hindu? is an pamphlet by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. Originally published under the title Essentials Of Hindutva in , it was retitled . The concept of Hindutva is Savarkar’s own and corres- ponds exactly to the definition of a nation in modern political theory. The Hindus are tied together by. Oh Hindu! Wherever you are and perhaps alone you may be, without waiting for others, pledge that you shall touch millions and millions of your untouchable.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. The new attachments thus formed, though they could not efface the old ones, grew more and more pronounced and powerful until the ancient generalizations and names gave way to the savatkar. But a name by its nature is determined not so much by what one likes to call oneself but generally by what others like to do.

The Maratha agents of Bajirao write to him: It is not only fatal but futile. In the final days of freedom, Savarkar wrote letters to a close friend planning his escape.

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This was omitted in his later writings; his Hindu-pad-paatshahi included Hindu heroes but not Muslim ones. Veer Savarkar ‘s birthday. But let not those Mohammedans triumph.

It was himdutva splendid! Reunited with his brother Ganesh, the Savarkars nevertheless struggled in the harsh environment: But as it is, this objection is in some cases backed up by a secret fear that if the epithet be honoured and owned, then all those who do so would be looked upon as believers in the dogmas and religious practices that go by the name ‘Hinduism’.

Economic and Political Weekly. A Comparative Look at Hindutva and Zionism”. We are not only a nation but a Jati, a born brotherhood.


India’s Sacarkar in Comparative Constitutional Context. Thanks are also due to the world- admired artist Shri Raghuvir Mulgaonkar for the colourful cover he has donated. The indifference to Savarkar continued long after his death [note 2].

Golwalkarone of the proponents of Hindutva, believed that India’s diversity in terms of customs, traditions and ways of worship was its uniqueness and that this diversity was not without the strong underlying cultural basis which was essentially native.

Rediff on the Net. Keep that hindufva mind – influential. After considering the petition, the British government contemplated releasing Ganesh Savarkar but not Vinayak Savarkar.

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This is a must read for anyone wishing to understand the theoritical development of the concept Hindutva. This is also not a problem with the Sister communities of Hindus like Sikhism, Jainism or Buddhism etc. Also, India had a rich collection of Hinduvta languages which was in no way linked to Sanskrit.

Savarkar’s formulation of Hinduness was regarded in his time as akin to a scientific discovery, a “revelation”. Is the Nagavan- sha a Dravidian family? To keep all this intact depends on you and Patil Boa.

Our primordial family God is self-existing and there- fore all-powerful. The Hindus are tied together by bonds of a common fatherland, ties of blood, a common culture and civilization, hinddutva heroes, common history and obove all, the will to remain united as a nation.

While the line 1 Shivashiva na Hindur na Yavanah5? Under pressure of 29 members of parliament and public opinion the then Union home minister Gulzarilal Nanda appointed Gopal Swarup PathakM.

A Hindu is primarily a citizen either in himself or through his forefathers of ‘Hindusthan’ and claims the land as his motherland. Rather, he considers the Buddhist era a period of decadence! But if the world hits upon the word by which they would know us as one redolent of our glory or our savarkxr love then that word is certain not only to shadow but to survive every other name we may have.


Perversion of India’s Political Parlance. View all 94 comments. Other names A synthetic conception gains in strength if it finds a term comprehensive enough to give it an eloquent expression. You would be dead before you do that.

She had poured her life’s blood for sophistry that tried savarkaar prove otherwise! Verily Hindusthan is a holy land and happy: A merited Parsee will have the first chance in an appointment if he is better fitted on merit than any number of Hindus and Moslems put together. Another book was Kale Pani Black Water which means “life sentence” on the island prison on the Andaman islandswhich reflected the treatment of Indian Independence activists by the British. Sundaram 10 May The possession of a slip of paper even an inch long was sure to get the culprit in hand-cuffs for a week.

The glories of a person however magnificent, lose their glamour as time passes on. It was via this book that Savarkar became one of the first writers to allude the uprising as India’s “First War for Independence. The fact is that the word Hindu dates its origin not from the Mohammedanized Persian but from the ancient language savagkar Iran, the Zend, and then the Saptasindhu meant Saptasindhu alone- It could not have been applied to us because we were black literally, for the simple reason that the ancient Saptasindhu i.

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A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW. Savarkar applied to the Bombay Government for certain concessions in connection with his sentences.