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Unheard Sawarkar

Lessons from Life of Veer Sawarkar

By Kushagra SrivastavPublished 2 months ago 3 min read

This blog is dedicated to Veer Damodar Sawarkar, a prominent Indian freedom fighter, whose narrative has been underrepresented.

Conditions in India and Maharashtra during the time.

The British East India Company was disturbed by the 1857 Indian revolt, which was fueled by the belief in the sacred nature of cow meat, and failed to exploit this due to lack of teamwork.

Back to 1818.

ne was ruled by Peshwas, but their reign ended with the construction of Bombay, now Mumbai. Two Indian pioneers, Justice Govind Ranade and Mahatma Jyoti Rao Phule, emerged, including Ranade, a judge in Bombay High Court, and Phule.

In 1871, Pune became a Conservative group, while Bombay became a Liberal and Thinker group. Justice Govind Ranade, who moved to Pune, actively criticized British people.

Vishnu Shastri Chiplunkar founded the "New English School" in Pune in the 1880s. His students, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Gopal Ganesh Agarkar, established two newspapers, Maratha in English and Kesari in Marathi.

Tilak and Agarkar differing views on India and Maharashtra during the British East India Company's colonial administration led to a disagreement on transforming society and assuming control.

Virendra Sawarkar was born in Bhangur, Maharashtra, to Damodar Sawarkar and Radha Bai. They had four children: Ganesh Sawarkar, Virendra Sawarkar, Maina, and Narayan Sawarkar. Virendra was a Sahukar, granted power by Peshwas. His ancestor's name was Oak, but Bapat replaced it. The story highlights the importance of family and societal roles.

Sawarkar, a young Indian hero, played temple construction games with friends from various castes and societies. He performed similar to Indian festivals, constructing temples, storing gods' idols, and engaging in worship. This story aims to raise awareness about his sacrifice.

As a Sahukar, farmers would visit his farm and give him fruits, inviting them to sit with him in his temple. Lower caste members were forbidden from sitting with high caste members, but they did so when instructed by Virendra Sawarkar. People used to refer to Veer Sawarkar as Tantya, and they would remark on his sitting behavior.

Keep in mind that I may use this name in future blog posts.

This was his childhood way of thinking. From an early age, he had an agnostic rather than a religious attitude. How can we say this?

A book was preserved at his home, Aranyak, when he was most likely 8 or 9 years old.

Our Sages recommended reading this book in a quiet place, such as a deep forest, because it is a work of Sanatan Dharma and includes extremely powerful Mantras.

Tantya's father once saw him reading it. Without delay, he gave him a slap and advised him not to read the book. Go read another book, he suggested; this one is not for young readers. Don't ever handle this book again.

Sawarkar became enraged and read the entire book to find out why his father had stopped reading it. We can therefore conclude from this occurrence that he had an agnostic attitude from an early age.

He used to regularly read newspapers because he loved reading them so much. In this way, he was exposed to the circumstances of the nation at a young age. The individual enjoyed reading newspapers and writing poetry, exposing them to the nation's circumstances. However, the principal's disapproval led to him writing violent poems, which he began to publish by the age of 13. People were angry about children's poems, as they criticized British people. His profound knowledge of Marathi terms makes understanding his poems difficult. The next blog section will discuss his Marathi vocabulary and poems

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