He went to Benares to study Sanskrit but plunged himself in the freedom struggle of the country at an adolescent age. From here his revolutionary life started. He strongly believed that the pleasures of life and revolution were totally different paths. He did not allow the strength of his character to waver even at in the face of adverse circumstances. The police of the British government failed to arrest him in Kakori train dacoity and Saunders' murder cases despite numerous attempts and finally he proved his name Azad by attaining martyrdom in a clash with police.
Azad's contribution in the evolution of India as a nation will continue to encourage freedom lovers all over the world.
His contribution to the freedom of this country was in no way less than of all those political leaders who, after the freedom of India, enjoyed spoils of its administration and power or those who believed in his principles. But it is a matter of both regret and surprise that most of the historians have not evaluated his activities in a just and reasonable manner. Even the government of free India did not accord that respect to this truly dedicated nationalist, indomitably zealous and committed devotee of united India, which he deserved eminently. But this detracts Veer Savarkar from his splendid and high place in history.
Claudette Colvin is the 2009 National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature and a 2010 Newbery Honor Book.