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Before independence, Savarkar was called ‘recruitveer’ by Congress; Was told that the bag of the British

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Savarkar’s best security approach is reflected in the fact that on the one hand he requested Bose to get the support of the Axis countries to overthrow the British, on the other hand he called upon the Hindus to militarize themselves, so that they could fight the Second World War. Taking advantage of the circumstances, the British could be recruited in the Indian Army. The British, who had been trying to keep Indians disarmed and unprepared due to fear and mistrust long ago, were now encouraging them to join the army to fulfill their military needs.

Work done towards ending caste discrimination in the army

One of the greatest services to the nation done by Savarkar, Munje and the Hindu Mahasabha was that they persuaded Indian youth to end the caste distinction between warrior and non-warrior Hindus when they joined the British Indian Army in 1930. . Munje, who was a supporter of militarization of all Hindus, had started working towards ending caste discrimination in army recruits even before Savarkar entered the political scene. However, after Savarkar emerged on the political horizon, this campaign received widespread encouragement from the British. The British only needed soldiers who fought for them in World War II, so they embraced Savarkar’s proposal without considering its long-term consequences. The credit for this goes to Savarkar’s secret plan, under which he was preparing a parallel battlefield for the Indians, for which he was to be thanked. This was similar to the ideals of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, who was breaking caste ties in Maharashtra by recruiting all Hindus into his army and making them fighters. The untouchable Mahar caste was also included in these soldiers.

Savarkar’s call for militarization of Hindus was supported by sound reasons and rational thinking. He had seen how the Muslims were far ahead of the Hindus in the army in terms of their numbers and the Hindu-Muslim population ratio in the country. He was considering the partition of the country on the horizon in view of the Congress’s cowardly reaction to global Islamism and believed that the final conflict between India and Pakistan would be decided by military power.


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The concern of the Muslim League had increased

The Hindu Mahasabha’s militarization campaign led to millions of Hindus joining the British Indian Army, and over a period of five years (1939–43), the number of Hindu soldiers increased from one-fourth to nearly 70 percent. Alarmed by the increasing number of Hindus in the army, the Muslim League expressed its concern four times between 1941 and 1944. Two warnings in this regard were given, one by Sir Ziauddin Ahmed, the then Vice-Chancellor of Aligarh Muslim University and the other by the first Prime Minister of Pakistan, Liaquat Ali Khan, who was then secretary of the All India Muslim League.

Savarkar’s guess was correct

Subsequent events proved that Savarkar was right in his place. More than 90 percent of the total Muslim soldiers of the British Indian Army chose to join the Pakistani Army at the time of Partition. In 1947, immediately after the partition, Pakistan invaded India and occupied one-third of Jammu and Kashmir. Among these invaders were those Muslim soldiers who were once involved in the Azad Hind Fauj. If the military balance was against India as compared to Pakistan at the time of partition, the new Muslim nation would have tried to swallow Muslim-majority states along the Indian border—Rajasthan, Gujarat, and though Muslim-majority areas of Bengal, where Muslims outnumber Hindus. .

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