Ganesh Dāmodar Sāvarkar (June 13, 1879 –March 16, 1945), also called Babarao Savarkar, was an Indian freedom fighter, nationalist, a revolutionary, and founder of the Abhinav Bharat Society.
Ganesh was the eldest of the Savarkar brothers, Ganesh, Vinayak (Veer Savarkar), and Narayan, they also had a sister Mainabai, who was the penultimate issue of their parents, Narayan being the youngest.107 His parents death laid the liability of his family at an age of twenty years.
Ganesh Damodar Savarkar was a patriot of the first order. Commonly known as Babarao Savarkar, he is the epitome of heroism that is unknown and unsung! He was the eldest of the four Savarkar siblings – Ganesh or Babarao; Vinayak or Tatyarao, Narayan or Balarao were the three Savarkar brothers; they had a sister named Maina or Mai who was married into the Kale family. Babarao was a great revolutionary, philosopher, writer and organizer of Hindus.
He led an armed movement against the British colonial government in India, he was sentenced to transportation for life as a result. The then collector of Nasik, Jackson was assassinated by Anant Laxman Kanhere in retaliation.117 Dhananjay Keer describes Jackson as “part of the oppressive machinery of the British Empire” and “…responsible for deporting Babarao…”
M. J. Akbar writes that “The five friends who started the RSS were Dr. B. S. Moonje, Dr. L. V. Paranjpe, Dr. Tholkar, Babarao Savarkar and Dr. Hedgewar himself”.306 Rity Kohli writes that Savarkar’s essay on nationalism “Rashtra Mimansa”471 was abridged into “We, and our Nationhood, Defined”, by Golwalkar, in 1938, which was the first systematic statement of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideology