Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday paid tribute to freedom fighter, social reformer and proponent of Hindutva, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, on his birth anniversary.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, “Respectful tribute to Veer Savarkar, the hardworking son of Mother Bharti, on his birth anniversary.”
Indian Home Minister Amit Shah also remembered Veer Savarkar on his birth anniversary and said his “sacrifices will continue to give us inspiration and strength”.
“Tributes to the symbol of nationalism, freedom fighter Veer Savarkar on his birth anniversary. Savarkar ji’s life is a classic example of how one can live for the country. His sacrificing life will continue to give us inspiration and strength,”he tweeted.
Shah further said that his unparalleled contribution to the freedom movement and his efforts to remove untouchability from society can never be forgotten.
“Veer Savarkar ji received two life imprisonment in one life and the inhuman tortures of the dungeon could not deter his resolve to take Mother Bharati to the ultimate glory,” Shah added.
India’s Defence Minister Rajnath Singh paid tribute to Veer Savarkar and said that the effective role he played in India’s freedom struggle is inspiring.
“Veer Savarkar was the epitome of courage, determination and sacrifice. The effective role he played in India’s freedom struggle is inspiring. His entire life was devoted to the service of the country and society. I bow down to such a brave Savarkar on his birth anniversary,” Singh said in a tweet.
The writer of most extensive work on Veer Savarkar Dr Vikram Sampath said, “Heartfelt tributes to #VeerSavarkar on his 139th birth anniversary- a life of suffering & sacrifice for the nation.”
“I consider myself truly fortunate to be destined to be his biographer & to bring his true story to the people of India,”he added in a tweet.
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, popularly known as Veer Savarkar, was born on 28 May 1883 in Nashik.
He was a freedom fighter, politician, lawyer, and writer. Savarkar is known for coining the term ‘Hindutva’.