The memorial of Shyamji Krishna Varma was a dream for the Chief Minister of Gujarat,
Shri Narendra Modi. His belief that a society which forgets its history, its culture
and its values, is doomed drives this mission.
The Hon. Chief Minister had promised to build a national-level memorial honouring
Shyamji Krishna Varma and also pay tribute to the many great revolutionaries who
made supreme sacrifices and laid down their lives to see their country free.
He had specially gone to Geneva in Switzerland to bring home the urns containing
the ashes of Shyamji and his wife Bhanumati. After a one month-long Veerajanjali
Yatra across the state of Gujarat, he had placed the urns at the revolutionary's
150-year-old ancestral home at Mandvi in southern Kutch. His idea was to complete
the unique memorial during the celebrations of Swarnim Gujarat which marks the 50th
anniversary of the establishment of the State.
Shyamji Krishna Varma was a multi-faceted personality - a scholar, journalist and
revolutionary - who rubbed shoulders with his contemporaries like Gandhi, Lenin,
Tilak, Lala Lajpat Rai, Gopal Krishna Gokhale, etc. in these fields in the world.
He had purchased a three-storied building in London, which was named India House,
and continued his fight for India's freedom from there.
The Memorial's objective is to pay tribute as well as educate the young generation
about those great Indians who sacrificed everything for the country's freedom.