Veer Savarkar: The Unsung Hero

This Savarkar Jayanti, watch a special video by Prachyam on the Indian Freedom Struggle's most complex Leader. Know about that episode of his life which created a ruckus in the international media in the early 1900s!

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Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was one of the worthiest sons of Bharat, who sacrificed his everything at the altar of Swarajya. A fearless freedom fighter, social reformer, writer, dramatist, historian, political leader, and philosopher. Savarkar's thoughts touch upon virtually every aspect of nation-building and are relevant even today. Unfortunately, Savarkar has been a victim of malice and misinformation.

He was confronted with a lot of challenges throughout his life, but he always remained resilient. While in Pune as a student, he established a secret organization called Abhinav Bharat Society in 1904 with his brother, Ganesh Damodar Savarkar. He did not stop at this and became a member of the Free India Society and the India House during his stay in Britain. He became an author of several books calling for the total independence of India from the British Raj.

In 1909, Savarkar was identified as the Mastermind of the plan for killing Lord Kurzon Wyllie and Collector Jackson in London and Nashik, respectively. He was ordered to be deported to India. When he was being taken back to India, he attempted to orchestrate an escape and get an asylum in France when the ship carrying him was docked at the city of Marseilles. However, due to some delay in his expected help, he eventually got caught after a dramatic chase at the French port. This created a lot of buzz in the international forum, as he was caught on foreign soil, even for Britain. The case went up to the courts, which ultimately went in favor of Britain. Savarkar was sentenced to 2 terms of Life Imprisonment at the Kaala Pani Jail in Andaman. The British thought that this gave Indians a message to not meddle with them; however, the catch was that another message reached the Indian masses- the British Raj was not untouchable and could be defeated!

The history of India is incomplete without mentioning the legendary Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. He is better known as Veer Savarkar, and he carved a reputable niche for himself as an activist and as a freedom fighter who fiercely advocated for India's independence. It is up to us to uphold his idea of nationalism and values in today's misleading mist of narratives. This is our attempt in that direction.


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