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Swatantryaveer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar

Veer Savarkar

Nasik has witnessed rich and long history dating back to the ancient times. Its contribution in the interest of our nation is not unknown to us. In the same wave line, Nasik boasts of a heroic freedom fighter, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar who is fondly known as 'Veer Savarkar'. Born to Damodarpant and Radhabai on May 28, 1883 in a village called Bhagur, outskirts of Nasik, V.D.Savarkar was an outspoken and revolutionary leader, social reformer, dramatist, writer, political leader, historian and philosopher.

Having greatly inspired by his elder brother Ganesh, a.k.a. Babarao, Veer Savarkar was very determined about sovereignty of all Indian states. For that sake, he fought against British for most of his lifetime and was sentenced Transportation for Life twice, a sentence superlative in the records of British Empire. He was first Indian to take revolutionary movement to free India on an international level. Veer Savarkar is known for his brave getaway to Marseilles port and subsequent arrest in France which became very popular, then, worldwide.

There are many social reforms Savarkar led. Notable of them includes -

  • He started celebrating an open Ganeshotsava wherein even Hindu minority castes, then known as untouchables, could participate.
  • An open temple called "Patitpavan Mandir" allowing access to all Hindus counting the then considered untouchables.
  • He instituted a cafe open to all. This cafe had its door liberated welcoming everyone, including the then untouchables.
  • Even before he opened that cafe, he had successfully organized some dining observances with people of different castes coming together to rebuild social harmony.

His legendary work does not limit to only politics and social service, Savarkar was a celebrated writer too. Poetry, novels and playwriting were his areas of interest. He was a great historian and campaigner of sterilized language. As an author, he holds the titles of three books including 'The Indian War of Independence 1857', 'Six Glorious Epochs' and 'Hindupadpaadshaahi', two novels named 'Kaalepani' and 'Malaa kaay tyache'.

What makes him a unique poet is his obsession that led him to inscribe the verse on prison walls, while he was in Andaman cellular jail, with thorns and nails. This occurrence attests that he is the first or perhaps the only poet in world to do so. Besides, these poems were conned by his fellow prisoners who later communicated them to the rest of world.

Nasik really feels proud to be the birth place of such a noble icon, who has fought to the highest degree for the betterment of India.