BSY flags off Savarkar Rath Yatra
He says Indira called him 'remarkable son of India'
Mysuru: Former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday flagged off Savarkar Rath Yatra in home district of Congress leader Siddaramaiah, but not before saying that former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had addressed him as a remarkable son of India.
The yatra has been organized aimed at informing people about freedom fighter Veer Savarkar and the principles and values propounded by him.
The rath yatra has been organized by Savarkar Foundation. It was flagged off from the premises of Sri Kote Anjaneya Swamy Temple, near Mysuru Palace.
The yatra will tour Mysuru, Mandya and Chamarajanagar districts till August 30.
Enlightening the gathering before flagging off the yatra, Yediyurappa listed out the praise showered on Savarkar by his contemporaries.
The former CM said the then Vice-President Dr Zakir Hussain paid homage to Savarkar by saying, “A great revolutionary as he was, he inspired many young men to work for the liberation of the motherland.”
Dr Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan, late President of India, also called Savarkar as a leading revolutionary leader of India, Yediyurappa said.
On the demise of Savarkar, social activists and politician Ram Manohar Lohia had said that India has lost a proud son, the former CM added.
On Savarkar’s death, many political leaders of Communists and other parties paid rich tributes to him and the whole of Mumbai were in tears during the funeral procession, Yediyurappa said.
Further listing out historical events connected with Savarkar, the BJP strong man said Savarkar was the first person who first lit Holi of foreign clothes and demanded Poorna Swaraj.
Yediyurappa also said Savarkar was the first person to be tried at the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Savarkar’s case was heard in the International Court of Justice after he was re-arrested by the French Coast Guard before handing him over to Britain who brought the Indian freedom fighter to India and sentenced him to life imprisonment, he said.
Savarkar was the first Indian leader to give up the practice of Barrister to fight against the British Raj, Yediyurappa said.
Savrkar was also the first revolutionary leader who called the 1857 sepoy mutiny as the First War of Indian Independence through his book, which was banned before being published, the BJP leader said.
The book had inspired revolutionary leaders like Sardar Bhagat Singh, Raj Guru, Madanlal Dhingra and others.
Apart from fighting for India’s freedom, Savarkar also fought against untouchability and reformation for Hindu society, Yediyurappa said. He also inspired RSS leaders and was considered a prominent leader who propounded Hindutva, former CM said.
Yediyurappa there is a big challenge before the nation to clear off the propaganda against Savarkar and it is the duty of the people to spread awareness of Savarkar’s role in India’s Independence and his political beliefs that inspired his contemporary leaders belonging to Congress, Communists and other parties.
Later speaking to reporters, Yediyurappa said it is not befitting for Siddaramaiah to speak lightly of Savarkar and if continues to do this, people of the state will teach him a lesson.
“An individual who does not have an idea of religion and nation, is speaking irresponsibly forgetting that he is the leader of opposition and a former Chief Minister. Such remarks do not suit the position he holds. If he continues to speak like this people will teach him a lesson. (UNI)