Video clip of Savarkar

This is a rare, undated live video of Savarkar. [1M]


Films Division documentary

This Filmfare award-winning documentary was directed by Prem Vaidya for the Films Division of the Government of India. It was released in 1983, the birth centenary year of Savarkar.

Duration: 42 minutes

Languages: Hindi [440M] /English [440M]


The History of Cellular Jail

The Directorate of Y A S & Culture
Andaman & Nicobar Administration
Presents the documentary: The History of Cellular Jail
Produced by DELPHILE, Port Blair, India.

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Cripps Mission

Cripps Mission was deputed by British Parliament in early 1942 to go to India to deliberate with Indian leaders . It was headed by Sir Stafford Cripps, a radical member of the Labour Party and a Minister in Churchill’s War Cabinet. The fall of Singapore (15 February 1942), Rangoon (8 March), and the Andamans (23 March) to the Japanese was threatening the entire fabric of British colonial empire. In the face of these crises, the British felt obliged to make some gestures to win over Indian public support.

The Cripps offer reiterated the intention of the British government to set up an Indian Union within the British Commonwealth as soon as possible after the war, and proposed specific steps towards that end. A constituent assembly would be elected by the provincial legislatures acting as an Electoral College. This body would then negotiate a treaty with the British government. The future right of secession from the Commonwealth was explicitly stated. The Indian states would be free to join, and in any case their treaty arrangements would be revised to meet the new situation.

Savarkar left for Delhi on 26 March 1942 to meet Cripps.  Before leaving, he had discussions with Barrister Jamnadas Mehta, Dr. Moonje, KL Munshi, LB Bhopatkar, Rambhau Rajwade.  He also had a telephonic conversation with Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee who was in Kolkata at that time.  Before meeting Cripps, Savarkar had also written to several individuals.  The Congress and the Muslim League had been asked to send six representatives each to meet Cripps.  The Hindu Mahasabha was asked to send three representatives.  In addition, certain other political parties and independent leaders were also invited to meet Cripps.  Justice MR Jaykar was one such leader who had been invited.   Both Savarkar and Jaykar left by the same train to Delhi.  On the afternoon of 28 March 1942, Savarkar along with Dr. Mookerjee, Dr. Moonje, Sir Jwala Prasad Srivastava and Advocate Ganpat Rai met Sir Stafford Cripps for about an hour.

The brief video clip shows Savarkar, Dr. Moonje, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee arriving to meet Sir Stafford Cripps.

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courtesy Gandhi Films Foundation 


Savarkar at All India Hindu Students’ Conference

Annual session of Akhil Bharat Hindu Vidyarthi Sabha (All India Hindu Students’ Federation) was held under the Presidentship of Dr. Balkrishna Shivram Moonje simultaneously with the annual session of the Akhil Bharat Hindu Mahasabha (29 -31 December 1942, President VD Savarkar ) at Cawnpore (Kanpur).  Militarisation of the Hindu Community at this critical time of the country featured very prominently in the discussions. Savarkar also vigorously appealed to the Hindus to respond intensely to the Hindu Militarisation Movement.  Dr Moonje urged the Hindu students to acquire military training and become so strong as to be able to retaliate any attempts against the integrity of India..  Click here to see video clip of the Students’ Conference

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Courtesy: Imperial War Museum, London.


Felicitation function of Savarkar on occasion of his 61st birthday, Mumbai

On Sunday, 06 June 1943, Savarkar was publicly felicitated at Gowalia Tank Maidan (now August Kranti Maidan), Mumbai on the occasion of his 61st birthday.   This grand function was held under the Chairmanship of Wrangler Raghunathrao Paranjpe.  When Savarkar reached the venue accompanied by his wife Yamunabai (Mai), daughter Prabhat and son Vishwas, he was given a traditional welcome by 61 married women.  A decorated elephant garlanded Savarkar.  The famous singer-actor Bhalchandra Pendharkar began by invoking the divine name.  Volunteers of the Hindu Rashtra Dal sang the Akhil Hindu Dhwaj Geet penned by Savarkar.  This was followed by Pendharkar’s rendition of a specially composed song in Savarkar’s honour.  The President of the Veer Savarkar Felicitation Committee Rao Bahadur Umakant Desai opined that Savarkar’s political tradition had a hoary tradition and that Hindu Society had become powerful under Savarkar’s leadership.  He informed that Rs. 55000 had been collected for the Savarkar Purse and expressed confidence that the amount would touch Rs. 61000 by 25 June.  Chairman RP Paranjpe said that Savarkar’s innate intellect, powerful oratory and attractive personality had been enriched by wide experience and action.  As a result, his politics was proving to be highly effective.    He lauded Savarkar’s efforts at militarization of Hindus and his fearless stand against leaders who mixed religion with politics.  After this, speakers such as Saraswatibai Kavanikar, KF Nariman, Barrister Jamnadas Mehta, Pt. Chandragupta Vedalankar delivered speeches extolling Savarkar.  Rao Bahadur Desai then read the citation to be presented to Savarkar.  Chairman Paranjpe presented the citation in a silver casket to Savarkar.  The casket was a replica of SS Morea, the steamship from which Savarkar made his daring escape at Marseilles in 1910.  The words 'वक्ता, विद्वान, लेखक, कविवर, थोर हुतात्मा तू |    अभिनव भारत मनोरथांचा मूर्त दिव्य केतू' (‘Orator, writer, poet, O great martyr; Luminous flag personified of a New Bharat’) were engraved on the casket.  Mai Savarkar was given a sari and auspicious presents.  Savarkar was profusely garlanded by several organizations.  Thereafter, Savarkar spoke extempore for about an hour.  He described the function as a memorable event in his life.  Among other things, he said that Jinnah’s claim that he spoke for all minorities was false.  He asserted that the Parsees, Jews, Anglo-Indians, Christians had never asked for vivisection of the country.  He said that the demand by some ex-untouchables for a separate homeland should not cause alarm.  He said that he had spoken to Dr. Ambedkar regarding this and on that basis; he could say that there was nothing to fear from that quarter.  Other than Muslims, no one else was on Jinnah’s side and even among Muslims there were communities that did not support Jinnah.  Savarkar demanded fair citizenship rights on behalf of the majority Hindus and all non-Muslim minorities.   He affirmed that the only way to prevent the formation of Pakistan was for everyone to take a pledge to support pro-Hindu candidates who believed in the freedom and indivisibility of Hindusthan in the forthcoming elections.

Click here to see video clips of the felicitation programme.  In addition to Savarkar are seen his wife Mai, daughter Prabhat, son Vishwas, Wrangler Paranjpe (with moustache; Savarkar places his own garland around Paranjpe’s neck) and Rao Bahadur Desai.

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Courtesy:  Imperial War Museum, London.


Punjab Provincial Hindu Conference, Annual Session, Lyallpur, 30 April 1943. 

The Punjab Provincial Hindu Conference opened at Lyallpur on 30 April 1943 in a tastefully decorated pandal. A huge procession was taken to mark the Conference Enthusiastic cheering greeted the president-elect of the Punjab Hindu Sabha Conference, Dr. Shyama Prasad Mookerjee as the train steamed into the Lyallpur Station where the conference was held. Seated in a magnificent chariot built in the ancient Hindu style, richly caparisoned, drawn by twelve white bullocks, Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was taken in a huge procession, which was more than a mile long. Some 30,000 people followed the procession. Raja Narendranath inaugurated the Conference. Dr Moonje hoisted the Hindu Sabha Flag at Chitor Garh amidst scenes of great enthusiasm. In his Presidential address Dr Mukherjee strongly opposed the vivisection of India and wish that out of the chaos and conflict of the war would emerge a new world order based on equality, justice and freedom.  Prominent among those sitting on the dais were Dr. BS Moonje, Rai Bahadur Mehrchand Khanna, Sir Gokulchand Narang, Raja Narendranath and Shri Goswami Ganesh Dutt.  A big map of ‘Akhand Hindusthan’ hung outside the pandal.  The Conference concluded on 03 May 1943.

Click here for rare video clip of Dr. BS Moonje and Dr. SP Mookerjee and the impressive Presidential procession, Flag hoisting and pictures of the proceedings of Lyallpur Hindu Sabha Conference.


Courtesy: Imperial War Museum, London

Funeral Procession of Savarkar


Courtesy: Prof. Harindra Srivastava and Shridhar Damle

Rare speech


Courtesy: Prof. Harindra Srivastava and Shridhar Damle

Savarkar Blue Plaque, London

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Courtesy: Prof. Harindra Srivastava and Shridhar Damle


Veer Savarkar, Government of India documentary

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PM Narendra Modi's speech on Veer Savarkar delivered when he was CM of Gujrat on 28 May 2008 in Pune. It was on this occasion that was inaugurated.