PM recalls Andaman visit on ‘Mann ki Baat’

Port Blair
28 May 2017

The Prime Minister of India, Mr Narendra Modi on Sunday remembered Veer Savarkar on his birth anniversary and urged the country to take a trip to Andaman and Nicobar's Cellular Jail. Savarkar was once incarcerated in a cellular jail where he wrote his book  'Majhi Janmathe'. Speaking to listeners on Mann Ki Baat, the Prime Minister said, “Many years ago, I visited Andaman & Nicobar Islands. I went to see the Cellular Jail there. Today is the birth anniversary of Veer Savarkarji. He  had written a book “Majhi Janmathep” while in incarceration . He used to write poems on the walls of his prison cell. He was confined to a very small cell. These seekers freedom must have gone through immense torture. I was inspired to visit the Cellular Jail only after reading Savarkarji’s book 'Majhi Janmathe'.  A light and sound show is also shown there which is very inspiring. There was hardly any state in India from where freedom fighters were not exiled to the dark waters of Andamans and were forced to spend their youth in this Cellular Jail during the freedom movement, included people of every language, every state and every generation had faced tortures during this struggle
“Today is the birth anniversary of Veer Savarkarjee. I would definitely want to tell our younger generation that to even perceive what kind of torture and trouble these freedom fighters had suffered to achieve freedom for us one must visit this Cellular Jail. Once we go there We come to know as to why this was called Kaalaa Paani or the dark waters. If you get a chance, please pay a visit to this place which is actually a pilgrimage of our freedom struggle.”