In his message to the nation on India’s first Republic Day, 26 January 1950, Savarkar appealed for undoing of Partition, drawing an analogy between Partition of 1947 with the one caused by Alexander 2,500 years ago and how the partitioned parts were then won back by Chandragupta Maurya. He said:
Even the painful consciousness of the Partition, which we all so deeply deplore, should not be allowed to instil a sense of defeated mentality in us. If, when all was lost, we have succeeded in liberating three-fourths part of our country, we can surely recover the rest if we are bent on doing so. True, the Partition today is a settled fact. But had not Alexander himself torn off these very parts from our motherland and dubbed it a settled fact? Yet, history tells us how Seleucus handed back to us all those parts of our natural frontiers right up to Hindukush and gave his daughter in marriage to Chandragupta to seal mutual friendship. Verily, we have our own ways to resettle settled facts. Let us first consolidate what we have already got and follow courageously the policy of tit for tat to all outsiders concerned and all will go well with us.