The Congress Seva Dal distributed disputable literature on Vinayak Damodar Savarkar at their national training camp in Bhopal. This has led to a massive furore in the state, with the BJP and other right-leaning organisations protesting the act and demanding an apology from the Seva Dal and INC.
The name of the book distributed in the meeting of the Congress Seva Dal is Veer Savarkar Kitne Veer? (How brave was Veer Savarkar?) The book claims when Savarkar was 12 years old, he threw stones at a mosque and broke the tiles there. If this does not disturb his followers enough, there is a comment in the book about the relationship between Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse and Savarkar.
The book reads, “Details of such physical relationship of Godse are found from the period before he took to brahmacharya (holy celibacy). It was a gay relationship. His partner was his political guru Veer Savarkar.”
The book claims that Savarkar used to incite people to rape Muslim women. It says Savarkar had apologised in writing to the British so that he was released from jail and assured the Raj that he would not be involved in any political activity again.
The BJP has expressed strong opposition to the distribution of the disputed book in the Congress Seva Dal meeting. BJP state vice president Rameshwar Sharma exclaimed, “What can be expected from the Congress which burns women in the oven?” referring to the infamous scandal in Delhi in the 1990s where an INC leader had killed his wife and tried to dispose of her body in a tandoor (earthen oven used to bake the Indian bread).
Sharma said, “The Congress is just a puppet in the hands of Sonia Gandhi. They talk like this because they are afraid after the BJP government’s big decisions on Kashmir, Ayodhya and triple talaq, which were pulled off peacefully without a riot. Therefore, the Congress does so deliberately to get votes of Muslims.”
The INC has reacted to the controversial literature on Savarkar distributed in the meeting of the Congress Seva Dal. INC spokesperson Durgesh Sharma said, “The literature distributed in the Congress Seva Dal is not new. What has been said about Savarkar is well known. It is well known that he apologised to the British.”
The INC spokesman said, “Savarkar had supported Jinnah’s idea of dividing the country. All this is literature and no Congress has written this literature; this was written by litterateurs. The country should know about all these things today because of the way some leaders are declaring Godse as a patriot. People should know who sacrificed for the country and who took the side of the British.”
The INC spokesman stayed silent over the claim made in the book that Savarkar was gay (as was Godse according to their pamphlet). Durgesh Sharma did not deal with the claim that Savarkar used to incite mobs to rape Muslim women either.