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Veer Savarkar
The 125th Birth Anniversary of Veer Vinayak
Damodar Savarkar (Veer Savarkar) falls on
the 28th of May 2008. His title Veer means
'valiant'. He was born on 28th May 1883.
Vinayak was his first name and Damodar was
his father. Savarkar was his last name but he
was popularly known as Veer Savarkar.

Many of us know very little about Veer
Savarkar because, all these years,  the
newspapers, magazines, radio, television,
and the Indian Governments considered him
a terrorist rather than an Indian fighter for
independence from foreign occupation.
Therefore these media deliberately failed to
project him among the national heroes up
until a BJP government took office in Delhi in
1999. His portrait was unveiled in the central
hall of Indian Parliament in 2003 as a tribute
to this great warrior of Indian Independence.  
Actually he was a staunch nationalist and a
gifted social worker. During his lifetime he
fought for the rights of the Dalits, the women,
the national language Hindi and the
Devanagari script among others. He was
accused of conspiracy to murder British
officers and tried. He was convicted and sent
to the Cellular jail of Andamans. He sacrificed
his life for steering Indian people to fight for
independence from the foreign yolk. He was
also accused of conspiracy in the
assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, but the
Supreme Court of India found him innocent of
this charge.

"Veer Savarkar belonged to the modern
world. He had embraced scientific temper. He
was a true secularist. He never considered
the modern machines as Satanic evils bent
on destroying the God's creations. He
proclaimed that everything that brings
happiness for men is good and all that puts
obstacles in his march towards contentment
as unacceptable.  He always rejected
superstitious practices. He used to say that
we allowed the British to destroy literally all
that is Indian except our superstitions. He
said that we resort to public prayers if there
are earth-quakes. We will rather roll on the
ground in front of a deity if a really true Indian
freedom fighter fights for his life because of
illness rather than find a good doctor for his
treatment.
Veer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (Veer Savarkar)
by Mohan Shenoy (May 2008)
(Reference book: Apratima Deshabhaktha Swatantryavira Savarkar Kannada by Chakravarti Sulibele)
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 If there are attacks by the enemy on our
borders we will sacrifice a goat at the nearest
temple. We believe that prayers to gods will
solve all problems rather than finding
physical solutions to these problems."
Savarkar's life kindled the fire of freedom in
the minds of young Indians in the years 1906
to 1911. He earned the Bar-at-law
qualification in England but never practiced
law; instead he became a revolutionary in
pursuit of freedom for India. He was a prolific
writer of patriotic subjects and got them
published under the constant opposition from
the British government. He wrote many
beautiful patriotic poems also. He worked
hard to eliminate untouchability even before
Mahatma Gandhiji began his Harijan
campaign. He established so-called
Patitpawan Mandirs (temples for the
upliftment of the downtrodden) in a number of
cities. He organised burning of the foreign
made clothes many years before Gandhiji did.
Former Union Minister of Education late Mr.
Mohammed Karim Chagla described
Savarkar as a great devotee of India, and a
successful son of mother India. Freedom
fighters like him created an atmosphere of
awakening in the minds of Indian people for
leaders like Mahatma Gandhi to continue the
struggle for independence. If by any chance
this great man is not given a prominent place
in the history of India then it will be an
imponderable disservice to our future
generation."

Veer Savarkar is a shining and glorious
example of a staunch revolutionary freedom
fighter that lived in the first few decades of
the 20th century. He died at the age of 83 on
26th February, 1966 after about 21 days of
voluntary denial of food. But, by being
'mratyunjaya' (conqueror of death) he will
constantly live among us Indians, and
especially among the Gowda Saraswath
Brahmins, because he was a Chitpavan
Brahmin himself. The Chitpavan Brahmins
are brothers of the GSBs.  

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