Veer Savarkar death anniversary

PM Modi, VP Naidu and other leaders pay tributes

Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was born May 28, 1883, at Bhagur village of Nashik district in Maharashtra. He died on February 26, 1966, in Mumbai.

When he was 12-years-old, Savarkar led a march with his schoolmates to vandalise a mosque in order to take revenge against the 'atrocities' committed against Hindus by Muslims.

Savarkar was arrested in 1909 on charges of plotting an armed revolt against the Morle-Minto reform. He tried to escape by diving in the water but was arrested

In 1911, he was sentenced to two life sentences i.e. 50 years in the cellular jail of Andamans, also known as Kala Pani


In 1924, under strict conditions of not participating in politics for five years, Savarkar was released from jail. He worked towards the abolishment of untouchability

Many of Savarkar's books or those based on his works were banned by British government, which included 'The Indian War of Independence of 1857'

Freedom fighter Bhagat Singh called Savarkar as "braveheart". In 1924, a Hindi weekly which used to be published from Calcutta, carried Singh's article titled "Vishwa Prem"

Savarkar was chargesheeted in the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi, however, he was exonerated because no corroborative evidence of his involvement was furnished.

Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had described Savarkar as the "remarkable son of India". In 1970, her government also issued a postal stamp in Savarkar's honour.

The airport at Port Blair, Andaman and Nicobar’s capital, was renamed as 'Veer Savarkar International Airport' in 2002