Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, fondly known Veer Savarkar, is being remembered on his birth anniversary. He was born on this day in 1883. Savarkar was a freedom fighter, politician, lawyer, writer, social reformer and formulator. While his teachings and writings are not fully explored, here are some little-known facts about the hero.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu, and others paid tributes to Veer Savarkar, on his 137th birth anniversary today.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu paid tributes to Veer Savarkar and said he was a multidimensional personality. “Savarkar envisioned a casteless India and started one of the most powerful social reform movements against untouchability,” the Vice President said.
Taking to Twitter, Prime Minister Modi wrote: “On his Jayanti, I bow to the courageous Veer Savarkar. We remember him for his bravery, motivating several others to join the freedom struggle and emphasis on social reform.”
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, while paying tributes to Veer Savarkar, said a leading figure of Hindu Mahasabha, he propagated the nationalist philosophy of Hindutva.
“On his Jayanti, I bow to the courageous Veer Savarkar. We remember him for his bravery, motivating several others to join the freedom struggle and emphasis on social reform,” the prime minister wrote on Twitter. He also shared a clip of his May, 2018 “Mann ki Baat” radio programme in which he had referred to Savarkar.
“It is indeed sad that we kept on calling the events of 1857 only as a rebellion or a soldiers’ mutiny for a very long time. It was Veer Savarkar who boldly expostulated by writing that whatever happened in 1857 was not a revolt but was indeed the First War of Independence, he had said.
During imprisonment in the Cellular Jail, Savarkar was subjected to harsh treatment and solitary confinement, Naidu recalled. “His indomitable spirit and commitment to free his motherland from foreign oppression will be always remembered,” he said. Today’s youth must take inspiration from his life and ideals and strive to build a strong, prosperous, and inclusive India, Naidu said.