The Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Eknath Shinde, has declared that May 28, the birth anniversary of freedom fighter Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, will be celebrated as ‘Swatantrya Veer Gaurav Din’, and several events will be organized to promote the ideas of Swatantra Veer Savarkar on this day. The state government will commemorate the occasion by conducting various programs to spread the message of Swatantra Veer Savarkar. The announcement was made by the Chief Minister, who stated that the state will celebrate the birth anniversary of Swatantrya Veer Savarkar as ‘Swatantrya Veer Gaurav Din’ and conduct a range of events to promote his ideology.
“Swatantra Veer Savarkar has made a great contribution for the country’s independence and national development. Industries Minister Uday Samant had demanded to celebrate ‘Swatantryaveer Gaurav Din’ to salute his patriotism, courage and progressive thoughts.
About the Veer Savarkar
Veer Savarkar, also known as Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, was an Indian independence activist, writer, and politician who played a significant role in the Indian freedom struggle. He was born on May 28, 1883, in Bhagur, a village in the Nashik district of Maharashtra. He founded the concept of Hindutva, which sought to create a Hindu nationalist identity for India.
Savarkar was also a prolific writer, having authored several books, including “The Indian War of Independence 1857”, “Six Glorious Epochs of Indian History”, and “Hindutva: Who is a Hindu?”. He was one of the first Indian nationalists to call for complete independence from British rule, and he played a crucial role in the formation of the All India Forward Bloc.
However, his role in the assassination of British police officer Saunders and his subsequent imprisonment and trial at the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, where he spent over a decade, have also been controversial. Despite his contributions to the Indian freedom struggle, his association with Hindutva and controversial actions have made him a polarizing figure in Indian politics and history.
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- Maharashtra Capital: Mumbai;
- Maharashtra Chief Minister: Eknath Sindhe;
- Maharashtra Governor: Ramesh Bais.
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