Ganesh Damodar Savarkar

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Ganesh Damodar Savarkar
Born 13 June 1879
Bhagur, Maharashtra, India
Died 16 March 1945(1945-03-16) (aged 65)
Nationality Indian
Other names Babarao Savarkar
Known for Indian Independence Movement, Hindutva
Spouse(s) Yesubai Savarkar

Damodar Savarkar

Yashoda Savarkar
Relatives Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (brother), Narayan Damodar Savarkar (brother), Maina Damodar Savarkar (sister)

Ganesh Dāmodar Sāvarkar (13 June 1879 –[1] 16 March 1945), also called Babarao Savarkar, was an Indian freedom fighter, nationalist, and founder of the Abhinav Bharat Society.[2]

Ganesh was the eldest of the Savarkar brothers, Ganesh, Vinayak (Veer Savarkar), and Narayan, they also had a sister Mainabai, who was the penultimate issue of their parents, Narayan being the youngest.[3]:107 His parents death laid the liability of his family at an age of twenty years.[1]

Ganesh Damodar Savarkar was a patriot of the first order. Commonly known as Babarao Savarkar, he is the epitome of heroism that is unknown and unsung! He was the eldest of the four Savarkar siblings - Ganesh or Babarao; Vinayak or Tatyarao, Narayan or Balarao were the three Savarkar brothers; they had a sister named Maina or Mai who was married into the Kale family. Babarao was a philosopher, writer and organizer of Hindus.

He led an armed movement against the British colonial government in India, he was sentenced to transportation for life as a result. The then collector of Nasik, Jackson was assassinated by Anant Laxman Kanhere in retaliation.[3]:117 Dhananjay Keer describes Jackson as "part of the oppressive machinery of the British Empire" and "...responsible for deporting Babarao..."[4]:197

M. J. Akbar writes that "The five friends who started the RSS were Dr. B. S. Moonje, Dr. L. V. Paranjpe, Dr. Tholkar, Babarao Savarkar and Dr. Hedgewar himself".[5]:306 Rity Kohli writes that Savarkar's essay on nationalism "Rashtra Mimansa"[6]:471 was abridged into "We, and our Nationhood, Defined", by Golwalkar, in 1938, which was the first systematic statement of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideology.[7]


  1. ^ a b Som Nath Aggarwal (1995). The heroes of Cellular Jail. Publication Bureau, Punjabi University. p. 59. ISBN 978-81-7380-107-5. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  2. ^ N. Jayapalan (1 January 2001). History Of India(from National Movement To Present Day). Atlantic Publishers & Dist. pp. 21–. ISBN 978-81-7156-917-5. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Sain, Pravina Bhim (1989). Remembering Our Leaders: Mahadeo Govind Ranade. Children's Book Trust. ISBN 978-81-7011-767-4. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Dhananjay Keer (1976). Shahu Chhatrapati: a royal revolutionary. Popular Prakashan. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  5. ^ M. J. Akbar (1985). India: the siege within. Penguin Books. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  6. ^ Jagadish Narayan Sarkar (1991). Studies in cultural development of India: collection of essays in honour of Prof. Jagadish Narayan Sarkar. Punthi Pustak. Retrieved 26 March 2012. 
  7. ^ Ritu Kohli (1 January 1993). Political ideas of M.S. Golwalkar: Hindutva, nationalism, secularism. Deep & Deep Publications. p. 4. ISBN 978-81-7100-566-6. Retrieved 26 March 2012.