He paid floral tributes at Savarkar's portrait in the Parliament House.

Modi described Savarkar as a prolific writer, poet and social reformer.

"Tributes to Veer Savarkar on his birth anniversary. We remember and salute his tireless efforts towards the regeneration of our motherland,” Modi tweeted.

"Veer Savarkar is remembered as a prolific writer, thinker, poet and a social reformer," he added.

Savarkar was a pro-independence activist, politician as well as a poet, writer and playwright. He advocated dismantling the system of caste in Hindu culture and reconversion of the converted Hindus back to Hindu religion.

Savarkar created the term ‘Hindutva’ and emphasised its distinctiveness from Hinduism which he associated with social and political communalism.

The five elements of his philosophy were Utilitarianism, Rationalism and Positivism, Humanism andUniversalism, Pragmatism and Realism.

(JPN/Agencies)

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