Veer Savarkar was an Indian independence activist, politician, lawyer, writer, and revolutionary. He was the proponent of Hindutva, and a member of the Indian National Congress. He was a leader of the Hindu Mahasabha and is considered one of the most influential revolutionaries of the Indian independence movement.
Savarkar was born in the village of Bhagur, in the Nashik district of Maharashtra. He was the youngest of three sons of Ganesh and Radhabai Savarkar. He was educated at Nashik District School and Ferguson College in Pune. He was an active member of the Indian National Congress and was elected president of the Pune branch.
Savarkar was a proponent of Hindutva, a Hindu nationalist ideology. He believed in the idea of a unified India, where all religions and cultures could coexist. He was an advocate of social and economic reforms, and opposed any form of discrimination based on caste, religion, or gender. He was a strong advocate of the use of violence to achieve political objectives.
Savarkar was arrested in 1910 for his involvement in the Indian independence movement. He was sentenced to two life terms of imprisonment in the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. He was released in 1921, after agreeing to sign a statement renouncing armed struggle for independence.
After his release, Savarkar became a leader of the Hindu Mahasabha, a Hindu nationalist political party. He was a vocal critic of the Indian National Congress and its leader, Mahatma Gandhi. He opposed the idea of a united India, and instead argued for the establishment of a Hindu Rashtra, or Hindu nation.
Savarkar was an influential figure in the Indian independence movement. He was an advocate of Hindu nationalism, and a strong advocate of the use of violence to achieve political objectives. His ideas and writings continue to influence Hindu nationalist politics in India today.
Savarkar died in 1966. He is remembered as one of the most influential figures in the Indian independence movement. His ideas and writings continue to influence Hindu nationalist politics in India today.
- Indian independence activist
- Veer Savarkar
- Indian National Congress
- Hindu Mahasabha
- Indian independence movement
- Hindu Rashtra