Hindutva: An Ideology Created by Savarkar
Savarkar is credited for coining the term “Hindutva” reflecting the kind of intensity with which he used to represent his life. Born in Bhagur of Nashik (origin of River Godavari) in Maharashtra, Savarkar has become an icon after he advocated for five distinctive features of his philosophy in the form of Utilitarianism, Rationalism and Positivism, Humanism and Universalism, Pragmatism and Realism. Savarkar received the biggest jolt of his life after British rulers banned his patriotic publication known as The Indian War of Independence, which was based on the great Indian revolt of 1857 under the leadership of Mangal Pandey.
Hindu nationalism was greatly implemented in his ideologies after Savarkar was moved to the Cellular Jail in Andaman and Nicobar Islands. On the day of Veer Savarkar Jayanti, people of all sects of Hindus come together to pay their due respects to him. He is considered as one of the greatest sons of Mother India. Filled completely with patriotic feelings, Savarkar was considered as an extremist by the British authorities. After serving as the president of Hindu Mahasabha, Savarkar became even aggressive with his Hindutva ideology. He advocated for future India as Hindu Rashtra.
Quit India movement was openly discouraged by Veer Savarkar because of the half-hearted efforts regarding his dreams of creating a complete Hindu Rashtra. Several other observations too had angered Savarkar because of which he used to revolt the major changes in the Indian political system. For instance, the formation of Indian National Congress was against the ideologies of Savarkar because of which the RSS ideologue used to openly criticize its formation. Considering the likes of Mahatma Gandhi and Jawaharlal Nehru, the voice of Savarkar could not reach the huge masses across India.
Veer Savarkar Jayanti is observed with great aplomb by stern Hindus across India. People offer their respect to this great Hindutva founder by holding him in high esteem. Eventually, it is because of serving to the need of the hour, without expecting anything in return that keeps Savarkar cut above the rest. Though there are certain dubious incidents that took place related to his life, yet people honor him for the way he had shown tremendous courage to ensure that the Hindu community is left ‘live’ and ‘alert’. Hindu Mahasabha activists distribute sweets among the poor by remembering their former president. Several other social development activities are also conducted on the same day as a mark of commitment towards the great Hindu leader.