The controversial legacy of Vinayak Savarkar4 min read . Updated: 26 Feb 2017, 11:36 PM IST
Both his followers and critics are responsible for reducing him to caricatures
The expanding footprint of the Bharatiya Janata Party has spurred some scholars to probe deeper into the roots of the party’s Hindutva ideology. The 51st death anniversary (on Sunday) of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, the man who popularized the term “Hindutva", provides an opportune moment to look at his controversial legacy. Janaki Bakhle of the University of California, Berkeley contends that Savarkar’s influence in modern India rivals that of M.K. Gandhi. She places Savarkar among the four most important anticolonial nationalists along with Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Subhas Chandra Bose.
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