Veer Savarkar a.k.a. Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was born on May 28, 1883, in Bhagur near Nashik district in Maharashtra, India. He was one of the greatest freedom fighters of India and is still revered for his courage and revolutionary ideas as a politician, poet and playwright.

His views differed from those of Mahatma Gandhi, as he wanted the Hindu caste system abolished. Savarkar even faced an allegation of being involved in the assassination of Gandhi, as the RSS supported him although he was not a part of the organisation. He was found not guilty.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to Veer Savarkar on his 131st birth anniversary, saying on Twitter, “Tributes to Veer Savarkar on his birth anniversary. We remember and salute his tireless efforts towards the regeneration of our motherland. Veer Savarkar is remembered as a prolific writer, thinker, poet and a social reformer. Leaving for parliament to pay tributes to Veer Savarkar.”

We share an archive video of India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi voicing his views on Veer Savarkar who he feels was an unsung hero of his times. Watch video below.