While addressing the 101st episode of Mann Ki Baat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed V.D. Savarkar on his birth anniversary on Sunday. Savarkar's sacrifice, courage and determination continue to inspire us, said Modi.
The latest episode of Mann Ki Baat is on the same day of the new Parliament inauguration.
Savarkar's personality exuded strength and his fearless and self-respecting nature could not tolerate the mindset of slavery, he added.
As Mann Ki Baat had completed its 100th episode, Modi said that this edition is the beginning of a second century.
"Today the 28th of May, is the birth anniversary of the great freedom fighter, Veer Savarkar. The stories related to his sacrifice, courage and resolve inspire us all even today. I cannot forget the day when I went to the cell in Andaman where Veer Savarkar underwent the sentence of 'Kala paani'," Modi said.
"Veer Savarkar's personality exuded strength and magnanimity. His fearless and self-respecting nature could not tolerate the mindset of slavery at all. Not only in the freedom movement, whatever Veer Savarkar did for social equality and social justice is remembered even today," he said.
Prime Minister Modi, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, and several Union ministers paid floral tributes to Savarkar in the Central Hall of the old Parliament building.
Modi also hailed N.T. Rama Rao on his 100th birth anniversary, saying that "Rao left an indelible mark on Indian cinema and politics."
Modi spoke about Indian museums and water conservation awareness in the nation during the latest episode.
"Gurugram has a unique museum-Museo Camera. It houses a collection of more than 8,000 cameras belonging to the era after 1860," he said.
Modi also spoke about the 'Yuva Sangam' initiative. “In the first round of Yuva Sangam, about 1,200 youths toured 22 states of the country. Everyone who has been a part of the journey is returning with memories,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)