Uddhav Says, 'will Beat Mani Shankar Aiyar With A Shoe' Over Savarkar

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Uddhav Thackeray sparked off controversy after stating that he would've 'beaten' Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar with a 'shoe' over his infamous 2018 remark.

Written By Aishwaria Sonavane | Mumbai | Updated On:

Uddhav Thackeray sparked off controversy after stating that he would've 'beaten' Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar with a 'shoe' over his infamous 2018 remark on Veer Savarkar. The Shiv Sena chief speaking on the sidelines of the launch of a biography titled "Savarkar: Echoes From A Forgotten Past," also stated that Pakistan would not have been formed if Savarkar was the Prime Minister of the country 

Uddhav Thackeray said, "If he was in front of me, and even today if he's in front of me I would hit him with a shoe. Why shouldn't he beaten? Gandhi and Nehru are fine, they did something for the country, I'm not commenting on that but it does not mean that no one else was born in this country apart from the two of them."

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Mani Shankar Aiyar's comment

Back in 2018, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar claimed that Savarkar coined the term 'Hindutva.' Moreover added that it was Savarkar, who was the first one to propose the two-nation theory, instead of Muhammad Ali Jinnah. 

He had said, "Present situation in India is an aberration, In 1923 a man called VD Savarkar invented a word which doesn't exist in any religious text, 'Hindutva'. So the first proponent of the two-nation theory was the ideological guru of those who is currently in power in India."

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Uddhav Thackeray on Savarkar

Taking a dig at Congress' Rahul Gandhi, who has in the past taken jibes at Hindutva icons including Savarkar, Uddhav Thackeray said the former Congress chief should be given a copy of the book. Uddhav Thackeray told the author of the book, Vikram Sampath, that he would buy copies and ensure that every school and college in the state stocks it in libraries, adding it should be compulsory reading for MPs and MLAs too.

He said Savarkar's name gets dragged into heated political debates often, from Rahul Gandhi's "defamatory" remarks to Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying homage to the freedom fighter at Cellular Jail.  Incidents like dropping off the honorific prefix "Veer" from his name, as was done in textbooks in Rajasthan, to opinions on his mercy petitions to the British, all show great interest in the man, Sampath said.

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(With PTI inputs) 

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