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Babarao Savarkar

Babarao Savarkar

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Babarao was in Alipur jail for 5-6 days. The ship ‘Maharaja’ that was to transport
him to the Andamans was anchored in the harbour. This ship would make nine trips
to the Andamans in a year and transport prisoners from Madras (now Chennai),
Calcutta (now Kolkata) and Rangoon (now Yangon) to the Andamans. Prisoners
would be made to walk for around three miles on their way to the harbour. In the
dark basement of this ship was a long and narrow cage. Prisoners would be packed
like sardines in this cage. Babarao was pushed into this cage in the suffocating

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company of murderers, dacoits and rapists. The stench was unbearable. The ship
blew its horn, the anchor was lifted, it was time to depart. The ship left the harbour.
As the shore receded from view, Babarao tried to catch one last glimpse of his
beloved motherland. As he saw it, this was the last time he would be seeing his
motherland. He thought he would never see beloved Bal again. He would never see
his wife Yesu again. As Babarao was looking through the porthole to catch a glimpse
of his motherland, he was rudely shoved by a burly Pathan who wanted to peep
outside. As the coastline became invisible, even the hardened Pathan broke down
and echoed the feelings of all present. “Ghar chhoot gaya! Bhaiyya, ghar chhoot
gaya!!” (“We have lost our home! O brother, we have lost our home!!”), he wailed.

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