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V.D. Savarkar
V.D. Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883–1966) represented an unconventional strand of political thought in India in so far as he propounded a theory of cultural nationalism in contrast to the theory of territorial nationalism propounded by the leaders of the mainstream nationalist movement. The uniqueness of the personality and thinking of Savarkar may be gauged from the fact that while one school of thought calls him an ‘ardent nationalist, heroic revolutionary and terrorist … (who) won immortal fame by his daring political exploits in the early decades of the twentieth century’ (Varma 1964: 377), the other demonises him as ‘an angry, resentful, vengeful, violent and ...

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