Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (Swatantryaveer Savarkar)
Savarkar was the first political leader to set independence as India’s goal in the 1900s. Almost immediately after joining college, he had started organising and spreading his anti-British and revolutionary ideas through his efficient oratory and writing skills — the Congress accepted this goal much later in its Lahore session in 1929.
His courage and commitment are evident from the fact that he tried to escape to France by jumping off a British ship near the French coast in 1910. It is also interesting to note that more than a century ago, it was Savarkar who caused the two colonial powers, Britain and France, to approach the Permanent Court of Arbitration, which shares space with the International Court of Justice at the Hague. And, through his extraordinary efforts, he provided leadership to several other young bravehearts in London and across Europe to garner support for India’s freedom.
One of the major ideas he proposed was -
Every true Indian needs to resolve in his or her mind to absolve oneself of seven fetters -
1. Vedoktabandi (exclusivity of access to Vedic literature)
2. Vyavasayabandi (continuation of a profession by virtue of one’s birth)
3. Sparshabandi (practices of untouchability)
4. Samudrabandi (forbidding the crossing of the seas to go to foreign lands)
5. Shuddhibandi (disallowing reconversions to Hinduism)
6. Rotibandi (the practice of inter-caste dining)
7. Betibandi (rigidity in abolishing inter-caste marriage)
He was a proponent of a united India, which was inclusive and diverse — an India that was an organic result of all its diverse cultures. He believed in the idea of inclusivity for mobilising the Indian masses.
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