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President unveils Savarkar portrait
in Parliament

February 26, 2003 16:41 IST

President A P J Abdul Kalam unveiled a portrait of Hindu Mahasabha leader Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, popularly called Veer Savarkar, in the Central Hall of Parliament on Wednesday.

Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat, Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Deputy Prime Minister Lal Kishenchand Advani, Lok Sabha Speaker Manohar Joshi and a host of Union ministers were present at the function, which was boycotted by the entire opposition, barring former prime minister Chandrashekhar

As the President unveiled the portrait, the Central Hall reverberated with chants of Swatantryaveer Savarkar Amar Rahe and Jab tak Suraj Chand rahega, Savarkar tera naam rahega [Long live Savarkar].

There was a lot of controversy surrounding the event. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had on Tuesday joined leaders of other opposition parties and written to Kalam asking him not to attend the function.

After the President unveiled the portrait, the vice-president, prime minister, deputy prime minister and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj offered floral tributes to it.

The Swatantryaveer Savarkar Seva Kendra and the Swatantryaveer Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak Samiti from Mumbai jointly presented the portrait, drawn by Chandrakala Kumar Kadam, to Parliament.

The opposition's decision to boycott the function had come under flak from the government, the BJP and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh.

Sushma Swaraj dismissed the controversy saying opposition members were present in the meeting of the concerned parliamentary committee, which took the decision to hang the portrait of Savarkar in the Central Hall.

The leaders of the non-Congress opposition parties, including the BJP's ally the Bahujan Samaj Party, had announced their decision to dissociate from the function saying that they did not want to 'give credibility' to the activities and 'divisive policies' of Savarkar.

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Sub: President unveils Savarkar portrait

It was entirely fitting as Bharat moves from the obscurantism of Gandhi to the rationalism of Savarkar that his memory should be honoured. If there ...

Posted by Khandu Patel

Sub: Mistake corrected

After so many years independence, Indian government corrected its mistake by hanging the portrait of one of the greatest revolutionary of 20th century, Swatantryaveer Savarkar, ...

Posted by Ravindra

Sub: A Great Hero !!!

Enough of Gandhi, Nehru talk !! Probably, they have done more harm to the nation than anyone else. Finally, there is something the govt has ...

Posted by Animish Nadgauda

Sub: President unveils Savarkar portrait

This has been long overdue. The current indian generation is not aware of the sacrifices made by Veer Savarkar during struggle for Independence. He was ...

Posted by Bavare

Sub: Unseen Savarkar...

The two major parts of Veer Savarkar are in the lite so far. One is that he was accused in the Mahatma Gandhi murder case ...

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