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Javed Akhtar tries to vilify RSS and Savarkar, gets reminded of the mercy petition his own great-grandfather wrote to the British

Writer Vikas Saraswat pointed it out to Akhtar that his own great-grandfather had also pleaded with the British government for his innocence.

Amidst the controversy and protests in Karnataka surrounding the state-sponsored celebration of Tipu Sultan’s birth anniversary and Lyricist Javed Akhtar didn’t want to be left behind.

Many debates regarding the 18th-century ruler of Mysuru have taken place in media. On social media too, while many condemned the tyrant ruler for his massacre of Hindus, several others have supported the birth anniversary celebrations and hailed Tipu Sultan as a ‘great freedom fighter’.

Lyricist Javed Akhtar took his veneration of Tipu Sultan a step ahead and claimed that Tipu Sultan had not only fought against the British in India, but he also played a role in the American war of Independence.

Many called out Akhtar’s claims. Many claimed that there is no recorded evidence that suggests so. Several Twitter users ridiculed the very idea.

Author Aneesh Gokhale pointed it out that Tipu Sultan’s had tried to aide the French in the Anglo-French war which was connected with the geopolitical incidents of the American revolution.

Javed Akhtar, however, did not take Vikas Saraswat’s tweet kindly and responded by claiming that the RSS was in favour of the British government. He also said that their hero Veer Savarkar had written a mercy petition to the British government, a claim that is often used by the opponents of RSS. Political and ideological opponents of RSS often forget to take the inhuman and barbaric conditions in the cellular jail of Andaman that many freedom fighters had to endure.

Tweet by Javed Akhtar

Replying to Javed Akhtar’s Tweet, writer Vikas Saraswat brought up an unexpected detail from Akhtar’s own family history. Saraswat Tweeted that while Akhtar mocks the mercy petition filed by Savarkar, he had conveniently forgotten the mercy petition filed by his own great-grandfather while he was lodged in the cellular jail of Andaman known as Kaala-Pani.

It is notable here that Akhtar’s great-grandfather Falz-e-Haq Khairabadi was a renowned scholar of Arabic and Urdu and had participated in the 1857 struggle. Maulana Khairabadi was jailed by the British government for urging his fellow Muslims to do ‘Jihad’ against the British.

Saraswat shared an archived research article published by the International Multidisciplinary Research Journal that detailed the life of Khairabadi and his court trial after the 1857 revolution. The International Multidisciplinary Research Journal published an article titled “The revolt of 1857 and Maulvi Fazle Haq Khairabadi” in its July 2014 issue. The essay was written by Aijaz Ahmad, Associate Professor in History, YMD College, Nuh, Mewat, Haryana.

The research article states that Khairabadi had pleaded not guilty of the charges against him during his court trial in Lucknow. It also stated that he had claimed that he is being falsely implicated and the person who actually committed the crime has the same name as his.

International Multidisciplinary Research Journal’s archived article shared by Vikas Saraswat

The article also details that even after being sent to the cellular jail, Khairabadi had again petitioned for mercy by writing to the Secretary of State of India.

International Multidisciplinary Research Journal’s archived article shared by Vikas Saraswat

Hundreds of revolutionaries were sentenced to rigorous imprisonment in the cellular jail. The jail in Andaman was infamous for its barbaric torture and inhuman treatment of prisoners.

The unhealthy conditions and brutal physical labour used to result in disease and deaths of many prisoners within months of imprisonment. Many criticised Akhtar’s attempt to malign Savarkar for something his own great-grandfather also reportedly did.

While Akhtar has had Twitter meltdowns several times in the past and is often criticised for his biased opinions.

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