Ganesh Damodar Savarkar was a patriot of the first order. Commonly known asBabarao Savarkar, he is the epitome of heroism that is unknown and unsung! Hewas the eldest of the four Savarkar siblings - Ganesh or Babarao; Vinayak orTatyarao, Narayan or Balarao were the three Savarkar brothers; they had a sisternamed Maina or Mai who was married into the Kale family. Babarao was a greatrevolutionary, philosopher, writer and organizer of Hindus.The following account is largely an abridged English version of
Krantiveer Babarao Savarkar
, a Marathi biography written by DN Gokhale, Shrividya Prakashan, Pune,second edition, pp.343, 1979. Some part has been taken from
(The hightide of revolution), a Marathi biography of Veer Vinayak Damodar (Tatyarao)Savarkar’s revolutionary life by VS Joshi; Manorama Prakashan, 1985. Details of theCellular jail have been taken from
Memorable Documentary on evolutionary freedom fighter Veer Savarkar
by Prem Vaidya, Veer Savarkar Prakashan, 1997 and also fromthe website www.andamancellularjail.org. Certain portions dealing with Babarao’swarm relations with Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh founder Dr. Keshav BaliramHedgewar have been translated from Dr. Hedgewar’s definitive Marathi biography byNarayan Hari Palkar; Bharatiya Vichar Sadhana, Pune, fourth edition, 1998.
Pune, 28 May 2008