Savarkar was British agent, used to ‘spew venom’ against Muslims: Justice Katju

L-R.Justice Katju and V D Savarkar

By Special Correspondent

New Delhi: Former Judge Supreme Court, Justice Markandey Katju, who is known for calling a spade a spade, dubbed the “Father of Hindutva” Vinayak Damodar Savarkar as “the British agent” who used to ‘spew venom’ against Muslims in order to “serve” the British policy of divide and rule.


In his blog on the 137th birth anniversary of Savarkar ( 1883-1966 ), under the title “The Truth About ‘Veer’ Savarkar”, Justice Katju said Savarkar ”collaborated” with the Colonial government.

Without taking the name of RSS-BJP, Justice Katju said, “Many people have praised him as a great freedom fighter, but what is the truth about him”?

“The truth is that many nationalists during British rule were arrested by the British, and given long sentences. In jail the British authorities would give them an offer: either collaborates with us, in which case we will free you, or rot in jail for the rest of your life.”

Referring to his mercy petition, Justice Katjus said Sarvarkar had become a “collaborator”.

“After serving over 10 years in jail, the British evidently made the offer of collaboration, which Savarkar accepted. On coming out of jail he started preaching Hindu communalism, and became a British agent, serving the British policy of divide and rule.”

Most of them became collaborators, including Savarkar; Justice Katju added who is also former chairman of Press Council of India.

Savarkar was a “nationalist” only till 1910 when he was arrested, and given two life sentences.

Sarvarkar, a Chitpavan Brahmin, who had first propagated the two-nation theory, had spent sometime in the Cellular Jail Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

In the write up, Justice Katju further stated:

“Savarkar as president of the Hindu Mahasabha, during the Second World War, advanced the slogan “Hinduize all Politics and Militarize Hindudom”; he decided to support the British war effort in India seeking military training for the Hindus.

When the Congress launched the Quit India movement in 1942, Savarkar criticised it and asked Hindus to stay active in the war effort and not disobey the government, He urged the Hindus to enlist in the armed forces to learn the “arts of war”, but this appeal was made selectively to Hindus.”

Quoting this, he asked, “Can this man (Savarkar) be respected and praised as a freedom fighter?

On the controversy to accord Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award of the Republic of India to Savarkar, the former SC judge said the real veers(hero) were Bhagat Singh, Surya Sen ( Masterda ), Chandrashekhar Azad, Bismil, Ashfaqulla, Rajguru, Khudiram Bose, etc

“The real veers were Bhagat Singh, Surya Sen (Masterda), Chandrashekhar Azad, Bismil, Ashfaqulla, Rajguru, Khudiram Bose, etc who were mostly hanged by the British. What was so ‘veer’ about Savarkar? He had become a British agent after 1910.”

Many readers reacted on Justice Katju’s blog on Savarkar praising for his plain speak.

One Arun Mehta said ‘Nelson Mandela 27 year prison, solitary confinement, he never surrendered, you asshole.”

Another reader Dr Pawa Kumar Aryan said:

“Goro ka paltu kuttaa, (pet dog of the British government) Hansraj and many such veers. Not only he played Jinha in United-parted India but also actively murdered Gandhi. He was abaiter of murder crime. Godse and the present day ilk of RSS took his words and shoots real Gandhi, his effigy and Dalit-Muslims.”


  1. The Two-Nation Theory was floated by Savarkar first in 1937 at a convention of the Hindu Mahasabha and was later picked up by Mohammad Ali Jinnah in 1940 and acted upon by the British seven years later, leading to the country’s partition. Patriot, or the original tukde tukde gang?

    You decide.

    • “Sir Syed supported the British during the 1857 uprising, a role which has been criticised by some nationalists”
      Any comments???

  2. regarding this scum bag- he is full of contempt for everything hindu-ok

    however the swine never has anything bad to say about mohammet-the quran. etc, mohaamet the messenger of god.- christ the son of god.

    hindu society gives full freedom to all to crictise hindusim-

    when muslims will ever speak against themselves- never.

    they know what happened to salman rushdie, tasleema nasreen.

    hindu society has been too tolerant-katju should be jailed and beaten up.

  3. Read Indira Gandhi’s letter referring to Veer Savarkar as ‘remarkable son of India’

    In 1970, Indira Gandhi had also issued a commemorative stamp in Veer Savarkar’s honour and had also given a private donation of Rs 11,000 to his memorial fund.

    In a letter dated May 30, 1980, the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had written a letter to Pandit Bakhle, then secretary of Swatantrayaveer Savarkar Rashtriya Smarak, hailing Savarkar’s contribution to the freedom struggle.

    Indira Gandhi’s admiration for Veer Savarkar is not just limited to a letter written in 1980. In 1966, Indira Gandhi after the death of Veer Savarkar had said, “It removes from our midst a great figure of contemporary India. His name was a byword for daring and patriotism. Mr Savarkar was cast in the mould of a classical revolutionary and countless people drew inspiration from him.”


  4. Think about what you said again, you are saying about entire community of muslims. If one person or group of people is wrong we cannot say to entire their community. If I said for the sake of example, RSS kills some of the innocents so is it good to say entire community no this is bad. Need to understand their literature first. Hope I didn’t say anything wrong if you feel it I am sorry as a muslim I don’t want to hurt anyone.

  5. Your comment is awaiting moderation
    Mr Katju says all this kind of Contravercial things to stay in lime light. If he says that Mr Savarkar was British Agent, obviously he has not read and understood Savarkar fully and properly, then whose agent he himself is since his retirement?

    • The obvious reaction for someone who seeks the truth is to dig the history books and look up the references. Just dont call somebody mad just because you dont agree with his or her views. It is true. The british government has the same policy even today. In fact, it’s a common sense policy to deal with an uprising.

      Another important fact that is missing in the artile and the comments is that Jinnah was also british agent who specifically imported from London to stir up the differences and hatred. You can see why Jinnah ‘picked up’ the idea of two nations. He didn’t. They were both instructed by their pay masters to promote these strategies by convincing them of their individual benefits while the whole nation suffered due these agents narrow mindedness.

  6. It’s extraordinary feat to bring right lesson at appropriate time.we may call it dutiful service to clear suspicion, falsehood,blind faith and help know reality.Great job, sir!
    The write-up would go a long way in fulfilling researchers and scholars work.Also a sense of logic and reason would be automated to digest or reject the things.


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