Goa Chief Minister, Laxmikant Parsekar, said on Saturday that he was very inspired by his visit to the Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the Cellular Prison there. He is now absolutely convinced that a trip there would do much to inspire worthy students.
Soon meritorious students will get an all-expenses paid trip to the Cellular Jail in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.
According to Parsekar, “Everybody needs to visit Andamans once in a lifetime. Once you go there you get the feel… As CM, I plan to give some award to meritorious students whereby students would go and visit, they would have a stay for a day or two there, on the expenses of government.”
Parsekar was speaking as Chief Guest at the inauguration of a new prison complex at Colvale, 15 km away from the State capital.
Parsekar elaborated that he had vacationed at the islands with his family earlier this month and had gotten the opportunity to “sit in the same cell where Swatantraveer Savarkar was imprisoned.” Vinayak Damodar Savarkar was a proponent of Hindutva who was imprisoned in the jail during the colonial period.
Cellular Jail is more famously known as Kaala Paani and housed many political prisoners during the struggle for Independence.
Some of the freedom fighters who landed up in Cellular Jail were Fazl-e-Haq Khairabadi, Yogendra Shukla, Batukeshwar Dutt, Maulana Ahmadullah, Movli Abdul Rahim Sadiqpuri, Maulvi Liaquat Ali, and Sohan Singh. The term ‘Kaala Paani’ was coined to express the loss of caste that came from crossing the waters.
The Jail marked its centenary on March 10, 2006. Erstwhile prisoners were felicitated by the Indian government on the occasion.