- Shri Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is a freedom fighter who made the presence of Nashik more prominent on the map of India’s freedom fight.
- Savarkar was born on May 28, 1883 into a family of landlords in the village of Bhagpur near Nashik.
- He was one of the four children of Damodarpant Savarkar and Radhabai.
- He went to the Shivaji School in Nasik and later gained B.A. from Fergusson College Pune and B.A.L.L.B. from London.
- His patriotic spirit found an outlet through an organization called the Mitra Mela later named as “Abhinav Bharat” formed by him. He also founded the Free India Society when he was in London to celebrate Indian festivals and important events in Indian freedom struggle.
- In March 1901, Vinayak was married to Yamunabai.
- In 1905 a bonfire of foreign goods was lit in Poona by Savarkar and his friends to oppose the partition of Bengal.
- Savarkar was only 27 years old he was ordered 50 years imprisonment at the Andaman’s prison since he was found guilty for abetting the murder of Mr. Jackson.
- In 1920, Vithalbhai Patel, Tilak and Gandhiji appealed for his freedom and thus on May 2, 1921 he was brought back to India’s jail.
- Finally he was released on January 6, 1924 after which he wored hard to protect minority rights, encourage intercaste marriage, help Dr. Ambedkar in the fight for the untouchables and promote more use of Hindi as the mother tongue.
- He later joined Tilak’s Swaraj Party and founded the Hindu Mahasabha as a separate political party and contributed to the country’s freedom fight.
- “Veer” Savarkar passed away on February 27, 1966.
- “Hindu Padpadashashi”, “Maazi Janmathep”, “Kale Paani”, “My Transportation for Life” and a collection of poems, plays and novels are written by him.
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