04 OCTOBER SHYAMJI KRISHNA VARMA (1857 to 1930)
Shyamji Krishna Varma was born on 4 October 1857 in the Kutch district of Gujarat. A staunch nationalist, he is regarded as one of the greatest revolutionaries in the history of India’s freedom struggle. A lawyer and a journalist, he was also an expert in Sanskrit. After his education in India, Varma moved to Oxford to teach Sanskrit. He was barred from practising as a barrister in London because of his articles against the oppressive British rule in India. To spread nationalistic sentiments and propound the cause of liberty, Varma founded the Indian Home Rule Society, India House, and The Indian Sociologist in London. His endeavours to fight for Indian Independence from abroad are hailed even today. The Shyamji Krishna Varma Memorial in Kutch is a tribute to his sacrifice for India’s freedom. He passed away on 30 March 1930.
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