28 MAY VINAYAK DAMODAR SAVARKAR (1883 to 1966)
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar or ‘Veer’ Savarkar was born on 28 May 1883 in Bhagur, Maharashtra. He was a freedom fighter, lawyer, activist, politician, and writer. The term ‘Veer’ or gallant was bestowed on him in the 1920s by B B Bhopatkar of the Marathi paper Bhala. It was through his book 'The History of the War of Indian Independence', that Veer Savarkar analysed the circumstances of the 1857 uprising and became one of the first writers to call it India's First War for Independence against the British. His revolutionary activities saw him spend around 10 years in the Cellular Jail In Andamans. Years later in 2002, the airport at Andaman and Nicobar's capital Port Blair was renamed Veer Savarkar International Airport. Veer Savarkar passed away on 26 February 1966.
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