Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, or popularly known as Veer Savarkar is one such personality who is a victim of vicious propaganda for several decades. He was a poet, dramatist, social reformer, historian and a philosopher. It won’t be wrong to say that only a few are aware of the true story of this brave freedom fighter. Recently, there has been a lot of buzz over awarding Veer Savarkar with Bharat Ratna, petitions are also being filed and many youths across the country are coming forward to support this move. Also in the recent developments, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray has been demanding Bharat Ratna for Veer Savarkar. But, why Savarakar must be awarded the Bharat Ratna? What are his achievements? Here are a few lesser known aspects of Veer Savarkar’s life.
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was born in a Marathi Brahmin family in a village of Bhagur in Nasik, Maharashtra. His parents were Damodar and Radhabai Savarkar. Veer Savarkar was exposed to Hindu literatures like Ramayana and Mahabharatha at an early age. He is often described as the man of the extremes; he was associated with Swadeshi movement while at Fergusson College in Pune.
Veer Savarkar- The fearless fighter
Veer Savarkar was the first political leader to set political Independence as India’s goal and also performed a bonfire of British clothes. He also organized a revolutionary movement for India’s Independence in International level.
His degree was withdrawn by an Indian University for taking part in India’s freedom struggle.
Savarkar also fought against untouchability in the remote district of Ratnagiri and was also successful in eradicating it within 10 years.
He also initiated the move of Ganeshotsava being open to all Hindus including the untouchables.
He bravely opposed the move of partition of India and had also written a book on 1857 war of Indian Independence which was unfortunately banned by the British.
Savarkar was a prisoner in cellular jail in Andaman where he was forced to perform hard labour such as cutting trees, chopping wood and working at the oil mill. Prisoners of the jail were often mistreated and tortured by the officials. They were only allowed to write one letter per year. Savarkar was a poet and would often write poems on the prison walls using thorns and nails as they were deprived of pen and paper.
He was also the first prisoner who was sentenced to transportation of life twice and his daring escape in French became a cause célèbre in International Court of Justice
Veer Savarakar died at the age of 83 in 1966 and it is said that he embraced his death by the way of Atma Samarpan which is the highest tradition of Yoga.
Although, there are plenty of books written on Veer Savarkar’s life the propaganda that has been created against him is still prevailing among the people. He may not be a regular hero from history textbooks but he surely deserves all the respect. His thoughts on Hindutva need to be widely spread and understood by the future generation.