Ganesh Damodar Savarkar

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Ganesh Damodar Savarkar
Born13 June 1879
Died16 March 1945(1945-03-16) (aged 65)
Sangli, Bombay Presidency, British India (present-day Maharashtra, India)
Other namesBabarao Savarkar
Known forBharatiye Krantikaari, Brother of Veer Savarkar, Kaala Paani Saja
Spouse(s)Saraswatibai Savarkar
Parent(s)Damodar Vinayak Savarkar
Radhabai Damodar Savarkar
RelativesVinayak 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 child of their parents, Narayan being the youngest.[3]:107 His parent's death laid the liability of his family at an age of twenty years.[1]

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]


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  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.