Political views on Hindu nationalism:
- In the brief period he spent at the Ratnagiri jail, Savarkar wrote his ideological treatise – Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?
- In this work, he promotes a farsighted new vision of Hindu social and political consciousness. He began describing a "Hindu" as a patriotic inhabitant of Bharatavarsha, venturing beyond a religious identity.
- He defined Hindus as being neither Aryan nor Dravidian but as "People who live as children of a common motherland, adoring a common holyland."
- He described Hinduism, Jainism, Sikhism and Buddhism as one and the same. He outlined his vision of a "Hindu Rashtra" (Hindu Nation) as "Akhand Bharat" (United India), purportedly stretching across the entire Indian subcontinent.
- He argued that the holiest sites of Islam and Christianity are in the Middle East and not India, hence he stressed social and community unity between Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists, to the exclusion of Muslims and Christians. He saw Muslims and Christians as "misfits" in the Indian civilization who could not truly be a part of the nation.