Jan 16, 2010

Cadell Road in Mumbai

What used to be Cadell Road in Mumbai is now Veer Savarkar Marg. People still refer to the road by Cadell Road.
Who was this person Cadell after whom this road was named? 
Colonel Thomas Cadell was born in Scottish family in 1835. He received his commission as an officer in 1854 and joined 2nd European Bengal Fusiliers. Due to exceptional bravery shown during 1857 Great Mutiny in Delhi he received the Victoria Cross. He further served in military campaigns in India as a captain in 1866 and Major in 1874. From 1878 till 1892, he was Chief Commissioner of the Andaman and Nicobar islands. He died in 1919.
Veer Savarkar whose name succeeded Cadell was an Indian Independence Movement activist. These two men are linked as Savarkar published a document about the Indian rebellian of 1857 under the title - The Indian War of Independence. This document was banned by British Authorities. He was arrested in 1910 in London as a member of India House community. While being transported to Marseilles he escaped and swam ashore only to be turned in to the authorities by French people on shore. He received 50 year sentence and was moved to the Cellular Jain in Andaman and Nicobar Islands.

Interesting isn't it?