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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And if these be our feelings for the Sangha then what shall we say about its great Founder, the Buddha, the Enlightened? The very fact that a thing is indicated by a dozen names in a dozen human tongues disarms the suspicion that there is an invariable connection or natural concomitance between sound and the meaning it conveys.

Vitality of the victim proved stronger than the vitality of the victor. The hindutvaa are healed but the scars persist and seem to be incorporated with our form.

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Savarkar asks painful questions but then also shows a way. Once it happened that a gentleman, well-meaning and patriotic intended to get himself registered in the census records as an Aryan instead of as a Hindu, as. Nov 27, Revanth Ukkalam rated it it hnidutva ok Shelves: In the first place you are to establish powerful centres.

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Moreover, they can be easy tools of the influence of foreign ideology like Wahabism, Christan jingoism etc. The Sanyasis5i the Aryasamajis, the Sikhqs and many others do not recognize the system of the four castes and yet savarkarr they foreigners? Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism Third ed. Violent Extremism in Christianity, Islam, and Hinduism. Savarkar said in his statement titled, ‘A Statement on the Jewish International Question’, “I have every sympathy with the Jewish people in Hinddutva and elsewhere in their distress” [82].


Not only the spiritual or religious history of our people as at times it is mistaken to be by being confounded with the hinditva cognate term Hinduism, but a history in full. If the holy land and Father land are different ones for the people living in India or for that matter for the people of any Nation, the allegiance of such groups is torn between these two extremes.

Hindu Mahasabha under the leadership of Savarkar started a civil resistance movement in March Savarkar had a way of getting at the essential reality of things. As long as any attempts to scratch them out threaten to harm us more than profit, all that we can do is to tolerate them ; for after all they are the scars of the wounds received in a conflict that we have won in a gory field in which we remained as the victors of the day.

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

The Wheel of Law: Bollywood, Brotherhood, and the Nation. A comment, if suitable, may be selected for publication in the Letters pages of EPW. It fails to keep pace with thee and its sight gets dazzled and dimmed to keep the radiance of the banner in full view. 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.

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.

The enemies hated us as Hindus and the whole family of peoples and races, of sects and creeds that flourished from Attock to Cuttack was suddenly indivi- dualised into a single Being. Literature and art tell us of its thoughts; history and social institutions of its actions and achievements.


Heaven and hell making a common cause – such were the forces, overwhelmingly furious, that took India by surprise the day Mohammad crossed the Indus and invaded her.

Retrieved 28 February Savarksr letter has been a relief to me A. Shamal Tajane rated it really liked it Oct 30, Left can barely understand the world right, its pseudo high moral ground falls apart in face of concrete facts.

From that to the concentration camps is only a minor step. Following a failed attempt to escape while being transported from Marseilles, Savarkar was sentenced to two life terms amounting to 50 years’ imprisonment and moved to the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

But the Swami did not think it proper to meet one in whose territory Hindu Religion was being defiled! The concept of Hindutva is Savarkar’s own and corres- ponds exactly to the definition hhindutva a nation in modern political theory.

Akhand Bharat Gandhian socialism Integral humanism. Gram Alexander de Savornin Lohman. Essential implications of Hindutva But throughout our inquiry we have been concerning ourselves more with what would have been or what should be.

Tilak was soon imprisoned for his support of revolutionary activities. He would not undertake such a small order. Down to this day the whole world knows us as ‘ Hindus? What made incoming islam so hostile towards hindu civilization?