Where The British TORTURED Indian Freedom Fighters like Savarkar, Shukla, & Dutt ๐Ÿ˜  (Cellular Jail)


I’m here in the stunning Indian paradise of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. But these islands also have a very very dark past when it comes to Freedom Fighters and the Indian Freedom Movement. That’s what we are gonna explore behind me at Cellular Jail. I’ve just entered Cellular Jail, also known as Kaala Paani or Black Water. And this is a place that the British used to send and house Indian freedom fighters and political activists. And this wasn’t a normal jail. This was kind of like an experimental jail for the British. It involved torture of the prisoners, medical tests on the prisoners, forced labor.. All this kind of torture is just unimaginable. That’s how they treated these Indian freedom fighters and political activists.. people who are trying to free India from the British. This is the way that they tried to kind of stifle and stop the Indian freedom movement by sending them to this torturous prison, 1300 km across the water here in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Yeah it was that far away from India. It was so far away from India that people would die on the boat voyage here. It’s a real death camp, this place. 𝑊𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑒? Oh, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑒. 𝑆𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑒. 𝐼’𝑣𝑒 𝑏𝑒𝑒𝑛 𝑡𝑟𝑎𝑝𝑝𝑒𝑑 𝑖𝑛 this 𝑑𝑎𝑟𝑘𝑛𝑒𝑠𝑠 𝑓𝑜𝑟 𝑓𝑎𝑟 𝑡𝑜𝑜 𝑙𝑜𝑛𝑔 now. The very first thing you notice when you get here is the way the jail was developed. And so if the prisoners made it this far.. made it on that massive voyage here, they were put in these cells here which was designed for solitary confinement. Their cell faced the back of somebody else’s cell and they couldn’t see the other person or talk to that person because of the distance between the cells. So yeah. Once they got here, it was solitary confinement and torture. And so many Indians died here in this jail. To me, this is a very special place because so many Indian revolutionaries were sent here. This was where the British sent the people they were so scared of.. the people they called terrorists. But in India, they are called revolutionaries. Not terrorists. Oh, 𝐼’𝑚 𝑟𝑢𝑛𝑛𝑖𝑛𝑔 𝑜𝑢𝑡 𝑜𝑓 𝑡𝑖𝑚𝑒. 𝐼 have 𝑡𝑜 𝑠𝑡𝑎𝑦 𝑠𝑡𝑟𝑜𝑛𝑔 And this is the example of one of the cells here at Cellular Jail. It was just all brick and concrete. And you’ll notice there is no toilet in here at all. They were allowed to go toilet in the morning and at night. And the rest of the time, they were just locked in here all day long. And they couldn’t communicate with anybody. See? Who can they talk to? There’s no windows. There’s no nothing. And they couldn’t talk to the guards outside because all they could see was a brick wall. This was the design to keep them in solitary confinement. Three of this prison’s most, kind of popular inmates were Batukeshwar Dutt. He was a Bengali freedom fighter who joined Bhagat Singh in a bunch of his activities. Then you have Yogendra Shukla. He was a Bihari freedom fighter. And finally the most famous freedom fighter who was housed here was Vinayak Savarkar. And he is very contentious today. He termed the phrase ‘Hindutva’. And what Hindutva means is… man I can’t even explain it. There are so many different definitions and understandings of what it means today. Let’s start off with a tiny bit of history. So originally the word ‘Hindu’ meant people living below the Indus river up in Kashmir. It was a geographical term, actually. It didn’t stand for the religion that we know today. It was purely geographical. So everybody below that river was a Hindu or a Hindustani. But the word ‘Hindutva’ came along and confused all of that. So much so that now, people don’t like to use the word Hindustani anymore because people think and translate it to the land of the Hindus. But that’s not what Hindustani or the word Hindu originally meant. So Hindutva came along and it changed the word Hindu from a geographical term to a religious term. And I’m not even gonna try and define Hindutva because it’s been so confused and it’s been defined and understood in so many different ways that today, it is mainly associated with Hindu religion nationalism..Hindu nationalists. And it’s used to exclude religions from the Indian identity. It’s used to exclude religions like Islam, Christianity, Judaism and Zoroastrianism from the Indian identity as not being Hindu. But these nationalists are happy to accept Sikhism, Buddhism and Jainism alongside Hinduism as part of Hindutva and part of the Indian identity. So friends, yeah, we are all Hindustanis. Don’t confuse it for meaning people of the Hindu religion. It’s probably better to use the word Bharatiya, simply Indian, because it’s free of this confusing history. So on the way with everybody else to Savarkar’s jail cell now and… the first time I ever saw this jail cell was when Narendra Modi, the current Prime Minister.. he meditated in it on a trip here a few years back. It was on national TV so.. you got to have a little look inside cellular jail and clearly he was a huge fan of Savarkar. So this is Savarkar’s jail cell now. It’s basically a little kind of tribute to him and his ten years that he spent here. And he is one of the few lucky ones who actually made it back to India after staying here. I say “make it back to India” but it’s because we are so far from India, this doesn’t feel like India. But make no mistake, Andaman and Nicobar Islands is a Union Territory of India. We are up in the very center point of the jail now and you can kind of see the design from up here. So there’s only three wings left that you can see here. They originally were seven wings that went in a kind of circular shape around this area and just look at the view this place has. This has to be the jail with the most beautiful view and in the most stunning location in the world. So this guy is busy being forced to make 30 pounds of coconut oil and this guy is making 10 pounds of mustard oil. And all the prisoners had to produce this every single day.. 30 pounds of coconut oil and 10 pounds of mustard oil. Or else, face the consequences. And the consequences were like flogging here. This guy is busy getting beat. Or wearing something like this.. these kind of bars that held your kind of feet to your hand. All right. Now to the spookiest place of this jail and this is the gallows where the Indian freedom fighters were hung. Well, assassinated really. So… they get hung by this noose and the man pulls the chain and this trapdoor falls and the body just falls down and the guy snaps his neck. I’ll take you under stairs now and show you that too. So this is the bottom of the gallows here where the bodies would fall. Once the hangman pulled the liver, they fall down from these trapdoors And yeah, it is so creepy being in here where so many great Indians were assassinated by the British. Terrible! The jail was finally closed and the Indian prisoners were released in 1939. But then something quite funny happened so.. The Japanese came to India and they invaded these islands and took them. And then they imprisoned prisoners of war here and they were the British. So the British were stuck in their own jail by the Japanese. But god, imagine what would have happened if the Japanese had taken over India like they took control from the British. I’m pretty sure it would have been worse than the British. Both were bad but I’m sure the Japanese would have been worse. So then after the Japanese lost World War 2, they had to retreat. And the Andaman and Nicobar Islands here were the first part of India to become independent in 1947. Jai Hind! And if you guys haven’t checked out my other videos here from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, you have to do it because this place here is an absolute paradise in India. A few of the things I do on this channel is… I take people behind the scenes of life here in India. I explore the places in India that other people don’t explore and don’t make YouTube videos on. It’s part of what I do.. going to these amazing beautiful places. And I’ve visited 33 of the 36 Indian states and Union Territories. And India before partition.. so Pakistan and Bangladesh. Just going to be finishing off visiting all the states and Union Territories here in India this year. 𝑆𝑜 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑒. 𝑊𝑜𝑛’𝑡 𝑦𝑜𝑢 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒, 𝑠𝑎𝑣𝑒 𝑚𝑒?

100 thoughts on “Where The British TORTURED Indian Freedom Fighters like Savarkar, Shukla, & Dutt ๐Ÿ˜  (Cellular Jail)

  • 0:28 Torture at Cellular Jail

    2:52 Cell tour

    3:54 Vinayak Savarkar & Hindutva

    6:15 Savarkar's jail cell tour

    7:05 Cellular jail design bird's eye view

    7:57 The Gallows (Hangman's room)

  • Living in India children learn about the French revolution , Russian revolution and not about the Indian revolution

  • To all those preaching India was the richest before the Brits came, India didn't exist before 1947. LMAO
    Before that, There were tons of kingdoms that weren't even united.

  • Thank you for this video. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ British will never be welcomed back on this land. Along with muslims they are both invaders.

  • well I am ashamed because I am from India but didn't knew a single thing u told . ๐Ÿ˜‘๐Ÿ˜‘

  • I get goosebumps watching this place. So many great heroes sacrifices have made India independent today!
    There is an audiovisual show in the evening there inside that tells the history of this place, it will leave you so emotional.

  • I have been there a couple of time…it makes me emotional…they died so that we can have a safe and free future…!

  • Glad we got those wankers out of our country. Good job to India too ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  • Mera Bharat Mahan…..
    Jai Bharat…….. Meri Matroobhoomi sabse…… Pyari bhoomi…..
    JAI HIND…

  • Payday has arrived on the shores of the UK, its called sharia, as they did to others shall be done unto them, watch and see justice at work. They destroyed many countries look at South Africa.

  • Thanks Karl you visited this place as I am able to see this place now via your video.i am planning from since long to visit this place,but not happening.

  • Britain will be forever enemy for us….
    We will never forgot those incident , we will show who we r

  • Im so sorry, Iโ€™m from the uk and i hate what our ancestors done to Indians, what is our relationship as countries like now?

  • I stay near veer savarkars birthplace its 2 kms away from my house… ๐Ÿ˜Š RIP SAVARKAR ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

  • One bog love for India from we're my wife comes from we western people have not always been at are best

  • I like to see the statue in India of the queen before she died Queen Victoria she open the doors to India.

  • Karl, with respect to all the good things you are trying to show about India, I request you to travel to Maharashtra with an open mind and learn and read more about Savarkar. You painted Sikhs, Jains and Buddhists as being aliens to Hinduism, whereas these religions as we call them are ร mong different Panths that emerged out of Dharma. Please read the history of Hinduism and Sikhism vis-a-vis Islam in India. Please read about the politics of Partition in 1940s before expressing your opinions of Savarkar and Hindutva. You happened to just bike ride and pass through Maharashtra with your friend calling it South India, please travel more in Maharashtra and try to learn and see Maratha history leaving your elite Delhiite biases home. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

  • Went here on a school trip back in 2002. Really want to go back as an adult who will appreciate the history this time around.

  • It seems the Indian people are very forgiving to those who caused so much harm to the people . The british never learned anything and they seem to be without remorse. When I argue with british people they try to condone the the history and current imperilist crusades. I cannot see a British flag without thinking about the horrors it represents. Fair play to the Indians for their forgivness

  • I will never forget u bhaijan ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญโคโคโคโค

  • I'll be honest, I really like b&b's channel for his human approach, getting people from all over the world to open up about their way of life. But in the end, he is a Trump supporter. There's no doubt that Trump is a "great friend" to oppressive governments, and if India was still under occupation, he wouldn't hesitate to show his support for aggressive occupiers. Disgraceful.

  • Well, I think the British were right cause Indians are gross horrible dirty fricken wierdoes

  • japanese didnt invade andaman by themselves they were made to by another indian nationist netaji subhas chandra bose so india would never go to japanese hands

  • In simple WOrds of hindutva similar to Radicalism of Hinduism (just like Talibani or Jihadis of Religion Islam)

  • 5:46 savarkars Hindutwa didn't want exclude other religions( he was labeled as atheist. He cared less about religion). As the matter of fact , it is the other religions who excluded themselves from this term since they thought it would kill their identity.

  • I'm glad the government of India has maintained this monument for years rather than just abandoning it like many others within mainland. This video brings out emotions that i cant explain, I'm a Indian living in USA with enough luxury but looking at that jail reminds me, I still owe a part of my life to those great sacrifices done by my ancestors fighting for Freedom. Thanks for reminding. As Indians, We understand humanity went through dark ages but we were also taught keep on chugging like our great trains through the tunnels, mountains etc etc.

  • If you actually research those people named you will discover that yes , they were indeed terrorists . If people are caught planting bombs in British Government buildings, shooting policemen and sabotaging railway tracks , that's what they're called . Terrorists.

  • Thankyou for making the term 'Hindutva' understand better. Yes, we are all Bhartiya. Thankyou, because of you I took blessing of this place. Thankyou for making this video.

  • 147 ex employees of East India Company disliked the video.

    I don't hate present British generation but I hate their ancestors who killed innocent people of my country & invaded gold, diamond & gems from my country.

  • Savarkar wrote a mercy petition and begged for forgiveness. After that he remained faithful to britishers and never took part in the freedom struggle and stopped his followers from doing so. Sadly he is being idolised by the BJP govt.

  • I'm Pakistani and I cannot stand what the British did to these poor Indians I'm so
    So sorry ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ๐Ÿ˜ญ

  • British govt was better than today's govt

    British were very few

    Their supporters were from elite Indian society

    Except Muslims

    For example jalianwala massacre was ordered by general dyre
    But those who executed the orders were indians
    Gurkha and some others

  • Indian was a term used by Britishers for all races of India Pakistan sri Lanka etc

    In that way Pakistanis are also Indians

  • Hindutva has merely boiled down to radicalism… My grandfather Ambika Chakraborty was an inmate there. These freedom fighters fought and lost their lives to propagate secularism.

    Please search about the following things:

    1. How did a renowned freedom fighter like Batukeshwar Dutt die?

    2. Why was Savarkar released early? Clearly, the British were happy. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Maybe Karl you should research history more, the indian people that were imprisoned back in that day weโ€™re going against the British way of improving India, You shock me with this video, Iโ€™ve travelled across India many many times and the people have so much praise for the Brits, you seem bitter, why, do you not know the history correctly of India……

  • For solitary confinement the British often gave them a bowl to use for toilets and they were supposed to do their stuff in the bowl, so that they don't have to go outside in the daylight.
    They often released red ants into the cells. Food they gave had dirt and sand mixed in them, not to mention the occasional hair of some mammal. A fixed amount of water was given for drinking and washing etc.

  • We can never change what already happened in the past or how brutally our people are torchrd nd humiliated but from now we should promise eachother that we'll never let any country to invade or occupy our country again

  • In 1932 my grandfather who is a freedom fighter he caught at that time by a british. And he is a prisoner of cellular jail
    You can check out the list of cellular prisoners in google
    My grandfather name is bimal kumar sarkar
    In google :- sarkar bimal kumar
    No:-337
    And now my father also in indian armed forces
    To serve our nation

  • Karl … thanks!!
    God is always in the details. You have a clean heart and you go for details.

    I do see a lot (~50%) of your views as still western, but love your videos anyway. They are probably the closest that someone from outside this subcontinent has gotten to India in an honest way, with no agenda or sponsor working at the back.

    There was this Frenchman who had gone a lot deeper than you – but his focus was only Eastern India and especially on one person from East who gave India her National Anthem. I forget his name …. but I think I have started comparing (sorry). Just get deeper than the skin of India and you will see there's a lot more to experience.

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