Warning Against Aggression
Ever since the People’s Govt of China came to power its leaders decided to liberate Tibet. Nehru that India was interested in preserving its cultural and commercial relations with Tibet and told the Chinese that Tibet should maintain autonomy. He, however, did not challenge or deny the suzerainty of China over Tibet. While Nehru was explaining things to Parliament, the Chinese took over Tibet in 1950. Then came the Pansheel Pact in 1954. Patel, S and Ambedkar had warned Nehru of the impending danger as a result of Tibet’s loss of independence.
S had sounded a warning in 1954 and blamed India’s lack of military preparedness for its inability to respond to Chinese moves. He appreciated the Brits in signing treatise with various border countries like Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan to safeguard India. With the signing of the Pakistan-American pact India was completely encircled by enemies. He also warned the nation against the trouble from Portugal in case India fought with Pakistan. He criticized the Nehru Chou-En-lai pact and doubted the bonafides of the Chinese. He said “High principles must have sound armed strength behind them to see that they are brought into practice by those who eloquently talk about them.
The Mahasabha protested against the role of foreign missionaries. S congratulated the freedom fighters responsible for the liberation of Mahe, Dadra and Nagar Haveli. S said that untouchability should be banned and made a national offense. S asked for a ban on cow slaughter for the sake of agriculture and the economy.
On 21/8/1955 he attended a shuddhi function where 40 Christian fishermen were reconverted to Hinduism. He gave an impetus to the shuddhi movement at that time, said that if there were no Christians in Goa the Portuguese would never stayed there so long. He appreciated the work done by the Arya Samaj. The Kashmir problem had erupted because of an increase in Muslim population due to conversions. He urged India to recognize Israel.
S supported the movement for a new state of Maharashtra but refused to merge the Hindu Mahasabha with the Jana Sangh. He felt that Dr Ambedkar’s embracing Buddhism had not changed much since he had embraced an Indian religion and come closer to Hinduism. According to S definition of a Hindu, the holy and fatherland of the neo-Buddhists was India hence they were Hindu.
He addressed a mammoth crown on Delhi Ramlila’s grounds on 12/5/1957. He called upon India to be militarily strong, preach peace but be well armed herself. The Delhi Arya Samaj called him Hinduhridaya Samrat.
Celebrating 100 years of the Freedom Struggle of 1857, the then CM of Maharashtra, Y B Chavan paid high tributes to S for his patriotic fight against British rule.