13 Lesser Known Facts About Indian Freedom Fighter On His 138th Birthday

Prime Minister Modi and senior BJP leaders paid tribute to Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar. Veer Savarkar was a freedom fighter, politician, lawyer, writer, social reformer and staunch supporter of Hindutva.

On his 138th birthday, we bring you some lesser known facts about Indian freedom fighter Veer Savarkar.

Facts about Veer Savarkar

1- Veer Savarkar formed a youth organization ‘Mitra Mela’ in his teens. The purpose of the organization was bring in national and revolutionary ideas.

2- On October 7, 1905, he burned all foreign property in a bonfire on Dussehra, as it was against foreign products and propagated the idea of ​​”Swadeshi”.

3- He defended atheism and rationality. He disapproved of the Hindu orthodox belief and rejected the cult of the cow as superstitious.

4- In 1909, he was arrested for plotting an armed revolt against the Morle-Minto reform (Indian Councils Act 1909). He tried to escape but was arrested. In 1911 he was sentenced to 50 years in prison in Kala Pani, the Andamans cell prison.

5- After several requests for pardon, he was released in 1924 on conditions not to participate in politics for 5 years and was banned from leaving Ratnagiri.

6- He worked for the abolition of untouchability in Ratnagiri.

7- In his book Hindutva, he advocated the theory of two nations – separate nations for Hindus and Muslims. The Hindu Mahasabha adopted the theory of two nations as a resolution in 1937.

8- Eight works by Savarkar have been banned by the British government including Mazzini (his biography in Marathi), Indian War of Independence 1857, the drama Usshaap, Shraddhanand (a magazine of his brother).

9- In 1942, Savarkar opposed the Quit India movement launched by Congress. Be a categorical criticism of Mahatma Gandhi, he mobilized the Hindu Mahasabha against Gandhi’s Quit India movement. With this he wanted to gain the confidence of the British rulers and militarize the Hindu provinces.

10- In 1948, he was accused of complicity in the assassination of the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, but was later acquitted by the court due to lack of evidence.

11- In 1964, Savarkar declared his wish to attain Samadhi as his goal of independence from India was achieved. On February 1, 1966, he went on a hunger strike and died on February 26, 1966.

12- In 2002, Port Blair Airport was named after him as the Veer Savarkar International Airport.

13- On the occasion of the 138th anniversary of the birth of Savarkar, Mahesh Manjrekar has announced that he will be directing a film based on him.

About Veer Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, better known as Veer Savarkar, was born May 28, 1883 in Bhagur in Maharashtra to a Marathi family of Damodarpant Savarkar and Radhabai. It was one freedom fighter, politician, lawyer, writer, social reformer and staunch supporter of Hindutva.

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