Mr. Savarkar’s life was not an easy one. He was a Freedom Fighter. To work towards the goal of India’s Independence, he gave numerous sacrifices, which will take up another blog post. But today, I want to share an immensely precious memorabilia that he left behind for us- A letter to his fellow Indians.
I will not waste time singing praises for this letter. It will speak for itself. So, here it goes:
My beloved ones,
There is an increase in the number of people who want to enslave another country, exploit its resources and leave its people as beggars. But, the end is the same for the king and the beggar-just 8 feet land for all, either to bury to burn.
But for sure a day will dawn, to end this tyrant rule in this sacred land. I am not sure if I will see you all again. But I am sure, I am not the only son of mother India. Bharat Mata has crores of sons. The flaming fire of the quest for freedom in my heart will never die down. The thought of liberating our motherland that has filled my heart will never rest, unless the British Empire collapses in our country (even if my body burns down to ashes). We have to pay a price for our freedom. Anything obtained free is seldom valued. So today, I sacrifice myself. Tomorrow, you may have to follow me…. Serve the cause of freeing the nation. It is glorious to die at service. This is man’s prime duty. Do not forget the motherland at any situation. Use all situations to free the motherland. This is the last message I give, my friends.
Do not worry about me! Let the sorrow of the country alone bother you. Do not lose strength. Cowardice will engulf the mind which has no strength. Do not forget this. Good – bye. My salutations to you all.
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.
This letter retain its importance even in contemporary times. It reminds us of our duty towards our nation, since India’s situation at the present moment is not far better than it was during the Independence struggle. I think that India is not really free. It is still in captivity of invisible forces. Hence, this letter serves a great purpose of reigniting the flames of nationalism (not extreme, though) in our minds. Think about it!