Rediff India Abroad
 Rediff India Abroad Home  |  All the sections


The Web

India Abroad

Sign up today!

Article Tools
Email this article
Top emailed links
Print this article
Contact the editors
Discuss this article

Home > News > PTI

Govt washes hands off Savarkar row

August 27, 2004 23:05 IST

The Congress and government on Friday sought to distance themselves from Petroleum Minister Mani Shanker Aiyar's controversial remarks against freedom fighter Veer Savarkar, which has become a major issue in Maharashtra ahead of the assembly polls.

"Whatever Aiyar has said, we don't agree with it as he has said it in his individual capacity. The decision [to remove a plaque of Savarkar's quotes in Cellular Jail, Port Blair] was taken by the petroleum minister in his capacity as chairman of the Indian Oil Foundation," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

To drive home the point that the government was not involved in the matter, he said that the earlier decision to install the plaque was also taken by the then minister in his capacity as chairman of the Indian Oil Foundation.

The statement comes close on the heels of the Shiv Sena launching a jode mara (hit with footwear) agitation in Mumbai against Aiyar and the Congress for "insulting" Savarkar.

Meanwhile, the Swatantryaveer Savarkar Memorial Trust in Mumbai has sought an appointment with United Progressive Alliance chairperson and Congress president Sonia Gandhi to "clear the air" about the leader.

"We sought an appointment with AICC president Sonia Gandhi and were told that a meeting is possible in 8-10 days," president of the trust, Milind Gadgil, said.

"We will carry historical documents along with us about Savarkar's contribution to the freedom struggle and try to clear misunderstanding, if any," Gadgil said.

More reports from Maharashtra
Read about: Telgi case | Mumbai blasts

© Copyright 2006 PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent.
Share your comments

 What do you think about the story?

Read what others have to say:

Number of User Comments: 6

Sub: It's ridiculous

The statement by congress led coalition that the decision to remove the plaque of the sayings of Veer Savarkar is personal decision or view of ...

Posted by satya

Sub: Veer Savarkar

I think this is Mani Shankar's hostility to the erstwhile Sena movement of "lungi uthao, poongi bajao". The moron should sit tight in his sonia ...

Posted by A Dalvi

Sub: Savarkar issue

People like 'Mani Shankar Aiyer' should keep their mouth shut when they don't know the complete history. Without knowing the fact, they're triggering some unnecessary ...

Posted by venkatesh


If Mani Shankar Aiyar is acting in HIS PERSONAL CAPACITY (and not at the behest of CPM-controlled Congress-led Government!), then the PLAQUE should be RE-INSTALLED ...

Posted by Anand V. Patwardhan

Sub: dirty methods

The manner in which Thackeray and his blind folowers reacted is cheap, dirty, repulsive, and uncivilized. He has stooped down to a very low level ...

Posted by A.H. Venkatachalam



Copyright 2006 India Limited. All Rights Reserved.