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Historians Erred in Not Properly Projecting Contributions of Stalwarts like Savarkar: Venkaiah Naidu

File photo of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

File photo of Vice President Venkaiah Naidu.

Releasing a book titled 'Savarkar' in New Delhi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said, historians have erred in highlighting the pain, torture, and sufferings underwent by Savarkar.

New Delhi: Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday regretted that Indian historians have erred in not properly projecting the contributions of stalwarts like Veer Savarkar and their contributions to the country's freedom struggle.

Releasing a book titled "Savarkar" here, he said "historians have erred in highlighting the pain, torture, and sufferings underwent by Savarkar".

The contributions of Savarkar and other such leaders in various parts of the country to the freedom struggle "have not been properly projected" due to which the younger generation are not much aware about people like Subhash Chandra Bose, Veerapandiya Kattabomman, V O Chidambaram Pillai, Subramania Bharati and Kittur Chennamma, he said.

Some historians "cheated some of our minds" by highlighting the negative aspects of Savarkar and others, he claimed.

"You may disagree with some of their actions (of freedom fighters)" but historians should not try to undermine their contributions, he said.

Their contributions "should be projected in a objective manner in history". Savarkar's role has been "under appreciated" in the history books, he said.

Naidu further said that Savarkar inspired him when he read his life story during his school days.

"Later I started admiring him," he said, adding that Savarkar was a multi-faceted personality -- freedom fighter, social and political reformer, philosopher, bold son of mother India, visionary and a practical strategist.

Rajya Sabha member and dancer Sonal Mansingh said India owed much to Savarkar who underwent "most inhuman and unbelievable torture" by Britishers.

Principal Economic Adviser to Finance Ministry Sanjeev Sanyal said Savarkar was a "very interesting character in Indian history" and by projecting his works and contributions nowadays the "feeling of nationalism has been raised once again".

Author Vikram Sampath recalled the difficulties he faced and research he did to get information for writing the book.

first published:November 15, 2019, 20:45 IST