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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Failure to distinguish between these two terms has given rise to much misunderstanding and mutual suspi- cion between soxne of those sister communities that have inherited this inestimable and savarksr treasure of our Hindu civilization. When this was not accepted, he resigned from the party and founded a new political party in collaboration with the RSS. They have defiled our sacred places! Ketkar, grandson of Bal Gangadhar Tilaksavarkxr former editor of Kesari and then editor of ” Tarun Bharat “, who presided hinduutva the function, gave information of a conspiracy to kill Gandhi, about which he professed knowledge six months before the act.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The whole of Hindusthan has now one common enemy to encounter.

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The possession of a slip of paper even an inch long was sure to get the culprit in hand-cuffs for a week. This couplet has now come to exercise the authority of a quotation from holy scriptures. They pre- served and enjoyed it. After Gandhi’s assassination Savarkar’s home in Dadar, Ssavarkar was stoned by angry mobs.

They are all ours.

Literature and art tell us of its thoughts; history and social institutions of its actions and achievements. Savarkar similarly believed that the Indian subcontinentwhich included the area south of the Himalayas and the Hindu Kushor ” Akhand Bharat ” is the homeland of the Hindus. I am as humble an admirer and an adorer of that great and holy Sangha the hoiiest the world has ever seen, as any of its hindutca worshipper.

As a young man, he was inspired by the new generation of radical political leaders namely Bal Gangadhar TilakBipin Chandra Pal and Lala Lajpat Rai along with the political struggle against the partition of Bengal and the rising Swadeshi campaign.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar on the Spirit of Hindutva

Yet Savarkar’s book is for all time. But it would be more candid if those ssavarkar entertain this fear should openly advance it as the ground of their objection savarka being recognized as Hindus and not try to hide it under a false and unten- able hinsutva.

And secondly, however striking their mutual differences be, they are too much more like each other than unlike, to be denied the right of being recognized as a cultural unit amongst other such units in the world owning a common history,a common literature and a common civilization Paradoxical as it may sound to those who have fallen victims to the interested or ignorant cry that has secured the ear of the present world that the Hindus have no history, it nevertheless remains true that Hindus are about the only people who have succeeded in preserving their history— riding through earthquakes, bridging over deluges.


The band of the best and bravest of the Hindu race whom our Great Guru had chosen, triumphantly savarkra, “The blue clothes are torn; the domination of the Turks and the “Pathans is over. The word Banaras though not found in Sanskrit is still ours because it is the Prakrit form of Varanasi which is found in Sanskrit. So, we do not think that the political virility or the manly nobility of our race began and ended with the Mauryas alone -or was a consequence of their embracing Buddhism.

He foresees the day when cultural and religious bigotry will disband its forces pledged to aggressive egoism and religions will cease to be ‘isms’ and will become the common fund of eternal princiciples that lie at the root of all; that will be a common foundation on which the ‘Human State’ will majestically and finally rest. While the triumphant Hindu banner that our Marathas had carried to Attock was taken up by our Sikhs and carried across the Indus to the banks of the Kabul.

Much water has flowed under the bridge since the first edition of the book was published in Kashmir is still an issue. View all 94 comments. The BJP claims that Hindutva represents “cultural nationalism” and its conception of “Indian nationhood,” but not a religious or theocratic concept.

He writes thus in his letter dated the from Salem: So although the root-meaning of the word Hindu like the sister epithet Hindi may mean only an Indian, yet as it is we would be straining the usage of words too much — we fear, to the point of breaking-if we call a Mohammedan a Hindu because of his being a resident of India.

I am ready to serve the government sxvarkar any capacity they like, for as my conversion is conscientious so I hope my future conduct would be. This suggest that testimonies might have been obtained under the police pressure. As the growth and development of this our genuine national tongue was parallel to and almost simultane- ous with the revival and popularization of the ancient names Sindhusthan or Sindhus or Hindusthan or Hindus it was but a matter of course that language being the common possession of the whole nation should be call- ed Hindusthani or Hindi.

We yield to none in our love, admiration and respect for the Buddha-the Dharma-the Sangha. Savarkar said in his statement titled, ‘A Statement on the Jewish International Question’, “I have every sympathy with the Jewish people in Europe and elsewhere in their distress” [82].

It should however, be noted that atheism within Hinduism is different from its Western counterpart. It summed up and politically crowned the efforts of all the generations that preceded it and it handed down a new and common mission, a common banner, a common cause which all the generations after it had consciously or unconsciously fought and died to hindurva.

May leftist can argue that it is the imposition of faith. But when we attempt to investigate into the essential significance of Hindutva we do not primarily — and certainly not mainly — concern ourselves with any particular theocratic or religious dogma or creed. Comments – Hide EPW looks forward to your comments. I am afraid our merits will fail and the work will be spoiled.


But as it is, thou art ours as truly as Shri Ram or Shri Krishna or Shri Mahavir had been and as the words were but the echoes of yearnings of our national soul, thy visions, the dreams hinduutva our race, even so, if ever the law of Righteousness rules triumphant on this our human plane, then thou wilt find that the land that cradled thee, and the people that nursed thee, will have contributed most to bring about that consummation if indeed the fact of having contribu- ted thee has not proved that much already!

He continued addressing social and cultural elements of Hindutva. He analysed the circumstances of uprising and assailed British rule in India as unjust and oppressive. The Buddhists as individuals had nothing to fear from Hnidutva, the land of toleration, nindutva they should give up all dreams of endangering the national life of India and her indepen- dence: The British Government agreed on a stipend of Hinduta 60 per month in lieu of hindhtva compulsory unemployment.

This is not all.

Part of a series on. Interestingly, Savarkar leaves the Jews and Farsis out of it. II Some years after his transportation to the Andamans and his stay in cellular confinement his thoughts reverted again to the question of the definition.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Davarkar yet great as the glories of the English world are, what on the whole, has it to show to match the glories of the Hindu world? This is true not only in the case of those that are the outcome of the intermarriages between the chief four castes, or between the chief four castes and savarka cross-born but also in the case of those tribes or races who somewhere in the dimness of the hoary past were leading a separate and self-centred life.

By winner I mean 1st govt was created by left wing and they slowly erased history of Veer Savarkar and now some of them even trying stained his name.

This paper argues that the future of our multicultural, pluri-religious people can only be even bloodier with the preclusions of Savarkar’s Hindutva.

He led the movement for the xiii freedom and integrity of India. Thus, this is savarrkar must-read for every rational Indian who wants to understand the Hindu nationalists and their motivations, regardless of his personal ideologies and convictions. The principles inunciated in this book will guide Hindus as well as non- Hindus of this country for cen- turies to come.