Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, popularly known as Swatantra Veer Savarkar was a Hindu Nationalist, Writer, Indian Politician and Independence activist. Savarkar is often revered for safeguarding the lost beacon of Hinduism or Hindutva or Sanatana Dharma. Savarkar served his life to the notion of shielding the cultural heritage of the nation through Abhinav Bharat Society, Hindu Mahasabha, India House and many other mediums. His indelible sacrifice of guarding the nation against British Colonialism and Islamic Bigotry has its luminosity.
Under the guidance and life-changing principles of Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak, Savarkar reformed and reshaped his career towards the service of the motherland. Savarkar’s contribution towards promoting the essence of Hindu philosophy includes Essentials of Hindutva, Hindu Pad-Padashahi, Hindurashtra Darshan, Hindutva: Who Is a Hindu?, and The Indian War of Independence, 1857.
Savarkar further propagated and outlined the vision of Hindu Rashtra (Hindu Nation) and Akhand Bharat (United India, Chanakya’s Philosophy). Through his written contributions, Savarkar promulgates the vision of Santana Dharma over the concept of “Chaha Padattiyan” (Six approaches) that states Sikh, Jain, Buddha, Shakta, Shaiva, and Vaishnav are collectively constituting Sanatana Dharma.
On the notion of Hindutva philosophy, Savarkar inspired many revolutionaries and prominent personalities like Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, Lala Lajpat Rai, Madan Lal Dhingra, and Madame Bhikaji Cama, Shyamji Krishna Verma, Swami Sradhanand and several others.
Savarkar’s theories of eradicating caste discrimination and untouchability also depicted the true sense of Sanatani nature in him. Savarkar’s brother Ganesh Damodar Savarkar also known as Babarao Savarkar, elaborated the path of Hindutva and became one of the founding members of RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh).
Commentaries of Veer Savarkar:
Swatantra Veer Savarkar’s views on Hinduism or Hindutva or Sanatana Dharma:-
"I will live as a Hindu and die as a Hindu. I could not care less if I am not Honored."
"I am not afraid of Muslims, I am not afraid of Britishers, I am afraid of Hindus against Hinduism."
Savarkar’s views upon international relation tactics:-
"You may call it brutal, but self preservation is the law of nature. Morality is found in text books. It does not exists in international relations."
"The nations who at first sympathized with Abyssinia are now accepting the Italy's annexation of that country. Their principle is "My nation for me and I for my nation." We too need to declare that our policy is the same. When I was in jail on the Andaman Island, the prisoners used to respect me as some great person. They brought their complaints and grievances to me. One of them was convicted of theft for twelve times. He realized that his needle had been stolen. He was furious to the suspect prisoner, pointed out to him and said to me, 'Look Sir, he is a thief. he stole my needle.' His sense of justice was awakened by the theft, because he was affected. Current international situation is somewhat similar."
According to Vigyannishth Nibandh, Savarkar’s views on practicing wearing Burqa:-
"The practice of wearing a Burqa is an ignorant, frivolous, squid custom. Even if it would have appreciated in several Muslim scriptures, it should be discarded today."
According to Rationalism of Veer Savarkar, it states that:-
"I live in contentment today . When we swore to fight for freedom we knew that we would not be alive to see India become independent. We knew that our generation was meant to suffer and die. We regarded our work to be like that of Sappers and Miners in the army. It is this unit that makes the roads safe for the soldiers to march on and win the battle. True, we would not have seen India become independent, but that did not matter. I was going to do my job and pass away. Yet another generation would have completed the task of gaining our independence. Lord Krishna in Gita States that: "You Just do your duty without expecting something in as reward or result." The concerned rule applies in all the fields of our activities. We plant mango trees, not to benefit ourselves by it. We know that our grandchildren would enjoy the mangoes."
"No one should be under any illusion that they will triumph because justice or God is on their side or that they are literally following a particular religious text. If you want success on earth, you must acquire earthly power and strength."
Other prominent quotes of Swatantra Veer Savarkar:
"'Might is Right' that is still the law. We need to become strong not to oppress others, but to ensure that others do not oppress us."
"The practice of untouchability is a sin, a blot on humanity and nothing can justify it."
"Oh Motherland, Sacrifice for you is life and living without you is death."
Eventually, the sacrifice and ideas of Swatantra Veer Savarkar still holds a prominent position in the hearts of nation lovers. The pious sacrifice of Savarkar for his motherland and Dharma holds an invincible position in the minds of patriots. The journey and commentaries of Veer Savarkar inspired many personalities all across the globe.