A nationalist, a rationalist, a humanist, a leader, a poet – Savarkar’s contribution to all he touched is immense. Reformers who rock the boat, who become unpopular, who disturb the social balance, who hurt religious sentiments, who turn their back on majority opinion, who think rationally—all these reformers face the inevitable consequences of their actions. The Week, a magazine, issued an apology for a five-year-old article about Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
The piece, published in 2016 and titled "A lamb, lionised" was written by Niranjan Takle, the journalist who broke the Judge Loya case in 2018. The publication said that it held Savarkar in “high esteem” and apologised for any personal hurt that the article may have caused to anyone. After a lawsuit filed by Veer Sarvarkar's grand nephew, The Week apologised for an article on Sarvarkar published in 2016. The article in question continued the practice of some to present selected facts about Veer Savarkar and defame him. The Week magazine said, “An article concerning Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, which was published in The Week dated January 24, 2016, under the title ‘Lamb, lionised' and mentioned in the contents page as “Hero to Zero’, is misunderstood and giving rise to misinterpretation of the high stature of Veer Savarkar".
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar had been attacked in the contemporary political discourse for his articulation of Hindutva. Without understanding his views in totality and actions in entirety, one cannot understand the meaning of being Veer Savarkar. The man largely unknown to the masses because of the vicious propaganda against him and misunderstanding around him that has been created by Left historians over several decades, the way the story of Indian independence is told is now beginning to change.