Source: News Bharati English30 May 2016 13:35:52

Port Blair, May 30: Giving a befitting rebuttal to the Congress party and UPA for removing the plaque in the name of Veer Savarkar, BJP President Amit Shah, on Saturday coinciding the birth anniversary of Veer Savarkar, inaugurated the Eternal Flame in honour of this firebrand freedom fighter, revolutionary of its kind and inspiration to many freedom fighters at Cellular Jail in the Andamans. 

Lt Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Lt. A K Singh, Union Petroleum Minister DDharmendra Pradhan, senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar, who championed this cause, BJP General Secretary Ram Lal were prominently present on the occasion.

Hailing the auspicious occasion as an important day of his life Shah said, “today marks an important chapter of my life and the tribute we are paying to the great freedom fighter on the occasion of his 133rd Birth Anniversary echoes the greatness of this wonderful soul”.

Every Indian is aware of the great contribution made by Veer Savarkar, he said adding that the word 'Veer' added to Savarkar's name signifies the courage and strength of this brave heart.

Highlighting the life history and notable contributions of Veer Savarkar, Shah said, Veer Savarkar was a great revolutionary in the history of India’s struggle for independence. He was also a great orator, scholar, prolific writer, historian, poet, philosopher and social worker who worked relentlessly for the uplift of the Dalits, the BJP National President recollected.

Describing the ‘Jyot’ as ‘Prerna Sthan’ for the coming generation, Shah said the great sacrifice of Veer Savarkar and the exemplary courage and tolerance which he exhibited during his period of imprisonment at the Cellular Jail, is still a major inspiration for the Indian far and wide.

Union Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Dharmendra Pradhan, while addressing the gathering, appreciated the efforts for erection of the ‘Veer Savarkar Jyot’, which symbolically highlights the sacrifice of numerous freedom fighters who have selflessly worked and sacrificed their lives for India’s freedom struggle.

He said that this place would serve as a pilgrimage for Indians. He expressed gratitude for the support received from the Prime Minister for the initiation of the ‘Pradhan Mantri Ujjawala Yojana’ (PMUY) across the country.

He also stated that he would make all-out efforts for bringing the PMUY to Andaman and Nicobar Islands at the earliest. The real meaning of freedom is to ensure that the mothers and sisters from economically weaker section of the society are free from using fire wood for cooking and are empowered with a smoke free environment by providing free LPG connection.

Speaking on the occasion Lt. Governor Lt. Gen AK Singh (Retd.) said Cellular Jail is a pilgrimage for all Indians and the ‘Veer Savarkar Jyot’ will be an inspiration for the generations to come. Recalling the immense contribution made by Veer Savarkar, the Lt. Governor mentioned that he was served two life imprisonment sentences spanning 50 years. The soul of our freedom lies in these Islands and the 'Veer Savarkar Jyot' will be a reminder to every Indian of the valor shown by Veer Savarkar, stated the Lt. Governor.

Citing the vision of Veer Savarkar portrayed in a book titled 'The Story of My Life Imprisonment', the Lt. Governor said Veer Savarkar envisioned that these Islands could be the outposts of Free Hindustan. They could be the gateway of India to the East if a strong naval base were built here; he thought no enemy could strike at the Eastern Coast of India. These were the thoughts in the mind of Veer Savarkar as he entered the portals of Cellular Jail on sentence of transportation for life; this reflects the strong spirited will of Veer Savarkar.

The Lt. Governor further stated that the A&N Islands are ready to become the Maritime fulcrum in the South of the Prime Minister's "Look East - Act East Policy". The Lt. Governor acknowledged the contribution of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Central Government under whose guidance the Islands are moving at an unprecedented rate towards development, said the Lt. Governor adding that the projects which were lying dormant for decades have materialized.

The Lt. Governor also emphasized that the 'Veer Savarkar Jyot' will help today's citizen of India realize the valor with which our freedom fighters endured the pain and atrocities of the oppressors and still managed to keep their motivation high by emphatically supporting each other.

In his address, the Member of Parliament, Bishnu Pada Ray said today marks an important occasion as the long pending wishes of installing a 'Veer Savarkar Jyot' in the premises of the Cellular Jail has materialized through the efforts of Indian Oil Corporation and the Government of India. The Member of Parliament also spoke about the history of Cellular Jail and stated that, it is a landmark monument and an epitome of sacrifices by brave hearts like Veer Savarkar.

 The Director (Human Resource), Indian Oil and Trustee Indian Oil Foundation, Verghese Cherian, rendered the formal vote of thanks.

Earlier, the National President BJP, Amit Shah, Union Minister of State (I/C) Petroleum & Natural gas, Dharmendra Pradhan, Lt. Governor, A&N Islands, Lt. Gen AK Singh (Retd.), Member of Parliament, Bishnu Pada Ray placed wreath at the Martyrs' Column, Cellular Jail.

Tarun Chug, Member of Parliament & Prabhari, A&N Islands, Indresh Kumar, Senior Leader of RSS, Ram Lal, BJP General Secretary (Orgaisation), Santosh, MP from Maharashtra, and others attended the function.