Who is Savarkar? And should we discuss him?
80% Indians don't know or care about Savarkar.
PRASHNAM INSIGHT #45
The name ‘Savarkar’ got blanket coverage last month. Understandably, it attracted views and criticisms from various sections of Indian society.
Prashnam decided to find out how many people remember him as a figure in Indian freedom struggle. And, how important it is to discuss and recognise him.
Prashnam asked the following questions to about 12,344 respondents in 14 states – Bihar, Delhi, Goa, Gujarat, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, and West Bengal.
As it is clear from the results, over 70 per cent of those surveyed had no idea about who he was.
To those who identified Savarkar in the first question, we asked:
How important is it to discuss and recognise Savarkar now?
Of the people who recognised him, nearly 67 per cent think it is important to honour the freedom fighter.
If we combine the results of the two, we can see that nearly 80 per cent of the respondents don’t care about Savarkar. So it is worth asking if the amount of coverage provided to Savarkar is a waste of precious airtime, especially when there are more pressing matters facing India.
We see interesting variations state-wise. Awareness about Savarkar is very low in the heartland states and predictably very high in Maharashtra and Goa.
As expected, even across states, the people who acknowledged awareness of him felt that it was very important to honour and acknowledge him.
Read the full report in The Print here.
The raw response data is available here.