Ousted Congress leader MS Aiyar Monday said that Savarkar was the real proponent of the two-nation theory and followers of his ideology are today running the country, reports said.
Aiyar was addressing a gathering in Pakistan’s Lahore.
“Present situation in India is abhorrent, in 1923 a man called VD Savarkar invented a word which doesn’t exist in any religious text, ‘Hindutva’. So first proponent of the two-nation theory was ideological guru of those who are currently in power in India,” Aiyar said.
Aiyar, who had earlier created a furore for addressing Jinnah as “Quaid-e-Azam” at an event in Pakistan, today asked, if a Pakistani calls MK Gandhi as Mahatma will that make him/her “unpatriotic”.
“I referred to Jinnah as the Quaid e Azam and the hysterical Indian TV anchors are demanding to know how an Indian can go to Pakistan and say this. I know many Pakistanis who called MK Gandhi as Mahatma Gandhi, does that make them unpatriotic Pakistanis?” he added.
Aiyar said that Narendra Modi’s election in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls was a result of a factionalism in the opposition.
“Seventy percent of Indians didn’t vote for Modi in last elections but lost because they were completely factionated among themselves, it is my hope that a great number of this 70% will come together to put an end to the abhorrent situation we’ve been suffering in our country,” he said.