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13 November, 2008

‘Why Not Blast For Blast?’ asks Abhinav Bharat president Himani Savarkar: Outlook interview

Till 2000, Himani Savarkar was an architect. That’s when she discontinued her practice to become the president of the Hindu Mahasabha. The 61-year-old Himani lives in Pune and her hardline Hindutva roots are well-entrenched. She is the daughter of Gopal Godse, the brother of Nathuram Godse, and is married to Veer Savarkar’s nephew. Himani is also the president of the Abhinav Bharat. Some members of the organization have been linked to the Malegaon bomb attack of September 29. Himani spoke to Outlook. Excerpts:

How did you become the president of Abhinav Bharat?

I had known Sameer Kulkarni (the Maharashtra ATS has alleged that he was part of the team that provided logistic support for the Malegaon blasts) for quite some time. Like me, he was also part of the RSS. When he decided to start Abhinav Bharat, he approached me to become its president and I accepted.

What are the objectives of Abhinav Bharat?

Our aim is to fight terror—spread awareness of who the real terrorists are and teach people how to oppose terrorism. This should have been done by the government but it has failed to prevent terror attacks. Since the government failed to act, there had to be a reaction. If what the police claim against Sadhvi Pragya Singh and the others is true, then it is just a reaction against the real terrorism....

But is a blast-for-blast strategy the way to tackle terrorism?

Didn’t Maharashtra deputy CM R.R. Patil say that we must reply with a bullet for a bullet? Then why can’t we have a blast for a blast? Sameer Kulkarni and the others are patriots who love their country. But the government is now trying to declare them guilty to weaken the Hindus. We have become a soft state...should we all wear bangles now? The government doesn’t want to fight terrorism. That’s why it will never take action against the Muslims. The police have cracked so many cases like the encounter in Delhi where Muslim terrorists were killed. But as soon as the police takes action, there are shouts for a judicial inquiry.

You have faith in the police when it comes to Muslims as terror suspects but not so when Hindus are accused by the same cops? Also, Muslims say they never got justice after the 1993 Bombay riots and the 2002 Gujarat riots? How do you respond?

This is a demand made by Muslims based on their religion. If they are to make such demands, then there are so many countries for Muslims and they should go live there. There is only one country for Hindus and we must protect it. I don’t believe in reports like the Srikrishna Commission report (on the ’92-93 Bombay riots) because I know how they are managed.

So, has the Nanavati Commission’s report on the Gujarat riots also been similarly ‘managed’?

I don’t know much about that report. But you must remember that it is normal human behaviour to react. All that is happening today is a reaction from the Hindus. I don’t believe in the philosophy of turning the other cheek if someone slaps you. We must strike back. So, if someone takes action to defend the Hindus, then we must defend them.

How should India fight terrorism?

We must declare ourselves a Hindu rashtra where everyone is a Hindu. Anyone who isn’t should be declared a second-class citizen and denied voting rights. Those who have problems with this should leave and settle in other countries. The Hindu vote bank must unite to vote out any government that fails to tackle terror. Then we must throw out the outsiders like Bangladeshis who live off India’s wealth and work towards destroying us.

What if people of other faiths reject your prescription and refuse to call themselves Hindu....

Then they are welcome to leave this country. Those living in Germany are called Germans, in England they are English, then why shouldn’t those living in Hindustan be called Hindus?


Gireesh said...

Abhinav Bharat & Hamaniji are true Bharatiya patriots ..the modern day Bhagat singhs fighting the media feudalism & fascism & hatred for our country. So BRP , you're just being yet another paid coolie of Saudi dollars. we know that.

Anonymous said...

We need more hImanis to defend our country from the evil congress and anti-national communists who are all out to divide the country and pushing it to a civil-war. Yes we will fight with himanis to defend our country. why not?

never_again_in_INDIA said...

And may I ask both gireesh and Mr./Ms. anonymous from whom are u defending the country???? its divisive, corrosive and absolutely sick mentalities like himani's and yours that our country can do without!
our country has great potential we have the largest fraction of youth population in the WORLD! if put to good and constructive purpose we can turn our country into the most developed and green nation on earth...but for that we need to work together as a unit; as HINDUSTANIS/INDIANS and not Hindus, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Budhists and other faith following people...

Lets not forget amid Himani Savarkar's shennigans that Indians practising other faiths are not foreigners but people who chose to convert from Hinduism to another faith of their choice. That doesn't make them less is people who forge hatred on the lines of religion, casteism, regionalism in short RSS-BJP-VHP-Bajrang dal-Hindu jagran manch- Hindu Durga vahini- Shivasen and most politicians that need to be shunned and exported to a black hole. They themselves are the anti-nationals and traitors.

Anonymous said...

I am not surprised to know Himani's parochial and self-serving views on India. She lives like a little frog in a deep well, who is unable to see beyond the well.Pakistan and Bangla Desh were created due to such narrow outlook of her father, Gopal, and uncle Nathuram, and Veer Savarkar, who pioneered such narrow ideas of Hindutva in the modern world. But they blamed Mahatma Gandhi and assasinated him.

Anonymous said...

Himani says that non Hindus should leave the country ... well, let her first ask Abdul Kalam, Shah Rukh Khan, Javed Akhtar, Irfan Pathan,and other such personalities to leave the country, then we will leave.
It is such sick thoughts that has made India divided. We should fight oppression and terrorism as Indians, and not as Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs,etc.
We must also remember that Muslims are the fastest growing population in India, we cannot just wipe them off or ethnically cleanse them. We shoud work together with Muslims to build a better India, a better future for our kids.

Anonymous said...

1st Thing... BRP please read the history well and then speak about Hindutva... Understand what hindutva is.... then perhaps you will get a sight.... What would you say if I say that your wife is havin an affair and stealin valuable stuff from your house and helping her Boyfriend with tht money... Hindutva is Rashtriyatva... I guess this is enough for you

B.R.P.Bhaskar said...

I am grateful to the anonymous reader who has made the above comment for revealing his character and that of the group for which he speaks so beautifully.

Sudeep said...

I was born a Hindu and now I feel ashamed to be one, thanks to the RSS and Abhinav Bharath and their friends! Himanis & Thackerays - I hope you will realize your silliness soon. I hope humans in this country will soon send you where you belong.