Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Vinyaka Damodar Savarkar

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar also known as Veer Savarkar (May 28, 1883 – February 26, 1966) was born in Bhagur near Nashik. This Indian freedom fighter founded the Free India Society and the Abhinav Bharat Society in Pune. An information and authentic researched work he brought out was on The Great Indian Revolt of 1857 called ‘The Indian War of Independence 1857’. He was also founder of the Hindu Mahasabha. In the Indian freedom struggle history, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar occupies a unique place. Controversy evokes with his name. Some consider his as a Machiavellian and communalist manipulator, while others consider him as one of the greatest revolutionaries in the struggle for freedom in India.  He was not only an extra ordinary Hindu scholar a great social worker, but also an orator, philosopher, prolific writer, poet and historian.

Veer Savarkar was the one to coin Indian words for the parliament, telephone, photography among others. Born a rebel, when he was just eleven, he organized the Vanarsena, a gang of kids. In his school days he put up nationalistic theme based plays as well. He was strongly involved in the Swadeshi movement. To incense the British Government, he instigated patriotic activities and speeches. His BA degree was withdrawn by the British Government as a result. He left for London in June 1906 to become Barrister, but here he inflamed and united Indian students there against the British rule in India. In the assassination case of Mahatma Gandhi, he was arrested and indicted by the Indian Government, but due to lack of evidence, the Supreme Court of India acquitted him. He died at the age of 83.

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