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Hindu Leader Welcomes United Nations Decision to Establish Jewish State

January 23, 1948
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A statement enthusiastically welcoming the U.N. decision to establish a Jewish state in Palestine has teen issued here by Vinayak Damaodar Savarkar, head of the Hindu Mahasabha, an organization representing conservative elements in the country.

Savarkar criticized the anti-partition stand taken by the Indian delegates at lake Success, and questioned the validity of the objections to partition voiced by Mrs. Vijaylakshmi Pandit, chief of the Indian delegation, in view of the fact that India Itself had Just recently been partitioned for similar communal reasons.

Consenting on the explanation by Premier Nehru that India opposed partition in order not to alienate the Middle East Moslem states, Savarkar said the present policy would alienate the Jews of India and the states which had supported partition. He added that all of Palestine should have been made a Jewish state.

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