Today is 28th May, the 140th anniversary of Veer Damodar Savarkar, the prince of revolutionaries. The history of India’s independence will not be complete without remembering the sacrifice of Veer Savarkar, who was a frontline fighter in the revolutionary movements during India’s freedom struggle. His activities during the post independence period was aimed at the social unity of the Hindu community. Savarkar demanded that the Constitution should include basic legislation based on India’s Hindu tradition.
Veer Savarkar was born on 28 May, 1883 in Bhagur, Maharashtra, the land of Ramoshi revolution. He was the fourth child of Damodar Savarkar and Radhabhai. Savarkar and his brothers served imprisonment as part of freedom struggle. Savarkar is the only revolutionary who was given two life sentences by the British. Veer Savarkar died on February 26, 1996, iot was through the ‘Aathmaarpan’ in which he fasted for twenty dyas. Savarkar was a realistic thinker and a visionary politician who looked beyond the times. According to the late Sri Atal Bihari Vajpayee ji, one of the most popular nad successful Prime Minister of India, “Savarkar is not a person, but a collection of concepts; he is not a spark, but embers; he is not constrained, but expansive”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the new parliament building in Delhi today on Savarkar’s 140th birth anniversary. Maharasthra Government has also decided to celebrate Savarkar Jayanti as ‘Swathanthra Veer Gourav Divas’. They also planned various schemes to educate the young generation about Savarkar’s struggle for social reforms and against untouchability.