Veer Savarkar

Veer Savarkar Oh Motherland,

Sacrifice for you is like life!

Living without you is death!!

– Veer Savarkar,

The ideal form of Warrior energy


Veer Savarkar (b. 28th May 1883), a visionary, revolutionary, patriot, a genius whose name is embossed in gold, not only in the history of India but also of the world ! ‘Rashtra (nation)’ was the only principle of his life; therefore, his extra-ordinary literature was created out of intense desire for welfare of the nation. There are many litterateurs so also there are many revolutionaries; but there is only one who is both, Swatantryaveer Savarkar !

Epic leap of  Veer Savarkar at Marseilles

The British arrested  Veer Savarkar while he was in London. He was being extradited to Hindustan, under police surveillance, on the S.S. Morea for further prosecution. The ship stopped at Marseilles in France. On 8th July 1910, Savarkar told the guard that he was going to the toilet. He removed his uniform and hung it in such way on the glass door that the guard would not be able to see anything. He went to the porthole; contracted his body and threw himself into the sea. While extracting himself through the porthole, skin on his chest and stomach got peeled off. The guards immediately realized that the prisoner had escaped and they gave a chase but by that time, Savarkar had already climbed the 9 foot high quay and touched the land of France; freeing himself. After running some distance, he handed himself over to a French guard. The British guard who followed him  forcibly took Savarkar back to the ship.
The issue of Savarkar’s arrest on a sovereign land was taken to the international Court. The first Indian patriot whose case was pleaded before international Court was Swatantryaveer Savarkar. This ‘epic leap’ is inspiring patriots even today.

Veer Savarakar’s epic leap ensured that the issue of
India’s freedom was presented to the international forum !

With the gallant leap at Marseilles, the issue of India’s freedom was for the first time taken up at the international level and was speedily discussed; India’s freedom became a topic of concern for the whole world. Detailed discussions were held on the topic ‘political refuge’. Karl Marx’s grandson argued that  Savarkar’s illegal arrest on France’ soil was a grave insult to him and this issue was taken up by European media. The demand of ‘Savarkar be handed over to France’, gathered momentum and the case had to be taken to international Court. The Court had to accept that injustice was done to Veer Savarkar. The Prime Minister of France had to resign. – Shri. Arvind Vitthal Kulkarni, senior journalist, Mumbai

Veer Savarkar’s advice to his young wife
during his last meeting before going to Andman jail

“…. so, with God’s grace, we will meet again. If leading ordinary family life means bringing up children and a roof over the head; such family life is led by even birds ! But if the meaning of family life is viewed from a larger perspective, we are successful in leading our life too. We might have sacrificed our family life, but it will help thousands of people to live with and look after their families. Moreover, the epidemic of plague has taken life of so many people who were very much attached to their families / homes. God has separated husband and wife right on the altar; so think about it and face the situation.” –  Savarkar (Ref : Mazi Janmathep’ )

Security of our country should be the basic concern of our literature !

Litterateur Veer Savarkar gave a message to all Hindus as the President of Marathi Literary Meet held in the year 1938. In his presidential speech, Savarkar said, “Now, while concluding, I don’t see any alternative but to tell you that in the present condition of our country, priority of literature is second or third; so, all litterateurs need to ponder over the point ‘whether literature is meant for us or we are meant for literature. If literature is a constituent of our national life, then security, protection of our national life should be the prime concern and main goal of our literature. I do admire an artist who is immersed in his art; but when such artists, engrossed in their art, face a situation like their theatre catching fire, they will forget their art and first try to save their life; similarly, when the life of whole country is in danger, what is the use of literature in such situations ?”

Discard your pens and pick up guns !

You should now discard your pens and pick up guns. Even if there is dearth of youth who do not write a single sonnet in next ten years; even if we do not hold such literary meets; there should be squads of 10,000 brave soldiers carrying new guns on their shoulders, marching on the roads of this country!

Veer Savarkar’s view on Pakistan’s military overtures !

In the battle of 1965, Pakistan’s army was attacking and entering Indian Territory and killing Indians. Pakistan, however, claimed that the army men inadvertently entered Indian Territory. During the meeting between Savarkar and Major General Y. S. Paranjape, Savarkar said to him, “Pakistan’s soldiers inadvertently come here; then why can’t our soldiers go there accidentally and attack ?” To this Maj. General Paranjape said, “Tatya, how is it possible ? How can we patrol boundary of 1500 miles and how to stop them or take action ?” Veer Savarkar immediately said, “If we have boundary of 1500 miles, don’t they have the same ? They can come here and attack; then what is your difficulty ? You too can go to Lahore ‘by mistake’ and take it over ‘by mistake’ ?” Maj. General Paranjape was left speechless.

Veer Savarkar crushes insolence of religious fanatics at Andaman !

Veer Savarkar was imprisoned at Andaman where food used to be cooked separately for Hindus and other prisoners. After cooking and before sitting down to have meals, one religious fanatic used to come and touch the vessels in which food for Hindus used to be kept for serving. Hindu prisoners did not take food for 4-5 days fearing that if they had it, they would become converts. Savarkar heard this and he decided that people attacking Hindu Dharma should be given a befitting reply and he found a simple but effective solution. He took some water in the empty coconut shell, recited the purification mantra ‘Apavitrah Pavitro vaa ….’ and sprinkled that water on everyone’s food. He told them that the food was charged with mantras and whoever had such food would be re-converted to Hindu Dharma. After this, however, the religious fanatics started keeping away from such food. Then, they retreated and everyone started having food separately cooked for them. Savarkar also realized that due to terrorization and bullying by Afghan prisoners, Hindu prisoners were converting to Islam. It was a systematic effort to spread Islam and convert Hindu prisoners. Savarkar had to handle such difficult task of fighting conversions in the Andaman prison. Savarkar had to start his mission of purification of Hindus right from Andaman.

Veer Savarkar’s appeal to Hindus,
‘Don’t be ashamed to say that you are Hindu’

“Don’t think that accepting your Hindu identity is inferior or anti-national. Do not be ashamed to display pride in Shriram, Shrikrushna, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Maharana Pratap and Guru Govind Singh. There has to be a nation for Hindus in this galaxy, where they will prosper. It is necessary to pay attention to purification (re-converting converted Hindus from Islam to Hindu Dharma) and their unification!” –  Savarkar

If you forget Sriram……..

Veer Savarkar deeply revered Shriram and Shrikrushna. He used to say that both of them were  superior army chiefs, charioteers and rulers of our country. In 1909, he celebrated Vijaya Dashami in London. He remembered the incarnation of Prabhu Shriramchandra and said, “Shriram left for the forest outwardly to help His father to keep his promise; but mainly for eradication of demons, His mission was superior. Shriramchandra invaded Lanka and prepared Himself for the unavoidable battle slaying Ravana, this action of His was more superior and when He left Seeta even after her purification saying ‘‘आराधनाय लोकस्य मुञ्चतो नास्ति मे व्यथा’, that was the most superior sacrifice of His incarnation. Shriram’s personal duty towards his family was sacrificed by Him for His duty as a King. Till Shriram’s image and what He did to fulfill his incarnation as Sriram are deeply ingrained in your hearts, there is certainly hope for Hindus to arrest their decline. Till Sriram, who is the son of Dasharath, brother to Lakshman, Maruti’s lord, Seeta’s husband and Ravana’s Time is in Hindustan, progress of Hindustan is easily possible; but once Shriram is forgotten, Hindustan will become lifeless.” Congressmen have forgotten Shriram but there is not a single litterateur in Hindustan who would admonish Congressmen for this. Is it this country’s misfortune or is it decline of litterateurs?

Veer Savarkar’s devotion to the motherland

In Veer Savarkar’s view, this land has been sanctified by the charged water by Sages and Saints like Vasishtha, Namdev etc. The knowledge narrated by Maharshi Vyas as given by Srikrushna in Geeta is the most revered text of this land. Ramayana is our sea of milk. There have been chaste women like Damayanti, Savitri, Gargi and Seeta born here; besides researchers like Kanad, Kapil, Bhaskar, Aryabhatt, Varahmihir etc., religious leaders like Mahavir, Shankara, Ramanuj, Nanak, Dayanand, Vivekananda who have become emperors of Dharma on this earth.

Chittor’s Pratap, Bundella’s Chhatrasal, Bengal’s Pratapaditya, Raigad’s Shivaji, Peshava of Pune, Panipat’s ground, Sinhgad’s fort, Dnyaneshwar’s writings, ardent devotee Ramdas, be that a warrior or a philosopher or poet, patriot and master in political principles, these are all great personalities singing greatness of this land and we pay our obeisance to this great land of Bharat.

At the time of partition of Hindustan, large part of land
remained with Hindus owing to awareness created by Veer Savarkar !

‘In 1937, Veer Savarkar was released from confinement in Ratnagiri and he was granted permission to join politics. By that time, under the leadership of Gandhi, the fight for freedom had already progressed in the direction of Hindustan’s partition; but in that situation also, Savarkar exhibited such bravery as if he was in the league of ‘Tadaatmaanam Srujaamyaham’. Although Savarkar was alone, he was full of inspiration, morality and will power derived from history and traditions. He saw that the Indian train of independence was hurtling on the tracks of partition and decided to take matters into his own hands. Savarkar was fighting on 4 fronts viz. British Government, Congress, Muslim League and confused Hindu community under influence of non-violence. In that single-handed fight, however, some part slipped from Indian hands and Pakistan was created; but rest of the country could be retained under Hindus’ rule. Savarkar was neither tired, nor disheartened. He was busy in creating confidence in helpless Hindus; impressing upon them that it was easy to destroy Pakistan with just one blow.

Credit of freedom given to silent prayers made to God !

The credit of India’s freedom does not lie with any single party, armed or unarmed, but it is due to all patriots from all parties. I will go one step further and will say with my own experience that there were people who did not directly take part in either armed or un-armed movement; but credit should also go to millions of our brethren, who with empathy in their heart, silently prayed for India’s freedom. –  Savarkar, 1952

Speaking a foreign language,
is like killing your own child and adopting another one!

There are very good words in our language or it is possible to create new words in our own language. So, we should not allow use of foreign words unnecessarily, let be it Urdu or English, by discarding our old words or not accepting our newly created words. It is not the right way of increasing our word power! (e.g. instead of using words like ‘Loksabha, Vidhimandal, Prajasabha etc. using ‘Majlis-e-aam’ as done in  Gwalior, is foolishness.) (Ref.: Sanatan’s forthcoming book on ‘Bhasha-shuddhi’, point No.1, Main purpose of ‘Bhasha-shuddhi’)

Even in his old age,  Veer Savarkar used to say
‘If someone attacks, I would like to die while retaliating’

Shri. S. P. Gokhale once asked aged  Savarkar, “Tatya, considering your age and weak physical condition, will you be able to use the ‘jambia’ you always keep with you ?” On this, Savarkar said, “It is true that I am no longer young, and now there is no possibility of anyone attacking me; but all these are based on certain assumptions. Our deductions may be true, nevertheless, our keeping arms is not going to cause any harm; but in case our deductions go wrong then ? Swami Shraddhanand’s assumption had gone wrong and Abdul Rashid had rightly thought that Hindus’ conjecture would go wrong. Suppose, tomorrow anybody attacks me and my retaliation falls short leading to my defeat; I would not feel bad; but if I am defeated without any retaliation on my part, that would immensely hurt me. Fighting has always been my life and I would like to die by beating my attacker. Generally, one doesn’t have to use weapons in one’s life but if some such incident occurs that necessitates use of weapon, then there is no point in repenting. Many times, just the awareness of having weapons at hand is also enough.”


Veer Savarkar was a prolific writer and poet; his works include the likes of ‘Atharashe Sattavan che Swatantrya Samar (freedom fight of 1857 also known as the First War of Indian Independence)’; ‘Hindu-pada-paatshahi’; ‘Shikhancha Itihas (not published)’; besides many plays and novels.

Such great revolutionary, visionary, author, playwright and poet Swatantyryaveer Savarkar left his physical body on 26th February 1966 at Mumbai by ‘prayopveshan’. Indians will always bow before him with gratitude !

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