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Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past, 1883–1924

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As the intellectual fountainhead of the ideology of Hindutva, which is in political ascendancy in India today, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is undoubtedly one of the most contentious political thinkers and leaders of the twentieth century. Accounts of his eventful and stormy life have oscillated from eulogizing hagiographies to disparaging demonization. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between and has unfortunately never been brought to light. Savarkar and his ideology stood as one of the strongest and most virulent opponents of Gandhi, his pacifist philosophy and the Indian National Congress.
An alleged atheist and a staunch rationalist who opposed orthodox Hindu beliefs, encouraged inter-caste marriage and dining, and dismissed cow worship as mere superstition, Savarkar was, arguably, the most vocal political voice for the Hindu community through the entire course of India’s freedom struggle. From the heady days of revolution and generating international support for the cause of India’s freedom as a law student in London, Savarkar found himself arrested, unfairly tried for sedition, transported and incarcerated at the Cellular Jail, in the Andamans, for over a decade, where he underwent unimaginable torture.
From being an optimistic advocate of Hindu-Muslim unity in his treatise on the 1857 War of Independence, what was it that transformed him in the Cellular Jail to a proponent of ‘Hindutva’, which viewed Muslims with suspicion?

5 reviews for Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past, 1883–1924

  1. Juhi kumari (Verified Purchase)

    Unsung Hero, No one in Indian freedom struggle has suffered as much Veer Savarkar. He sacrificed a lot and endured immense pain during Kaalapani. Vikram’s book is detailed version od life of Veer Savarkar.it should be read by both his followers as well as critics to get insights into his life and thoughts. Well done Vikram and now waiting for next book.

  2. Deepak Thapliyal (Verified Purchase)

    Sawarkar’s life is captured with so much detail. The pace and flow of this book is amazing. Well done, Vikram Sampath!!!

  3. Pratap Rudra (Verified Purchase)

    Very well written. And in depth research. What I like about this is the use of simple words. The author does not use any jargons.

  4. Satyam Gupta (Verified Purchase)

    Very true description of the hero we missed thanks to some vested interest who are only busy pampering one family though we know that freedom we got was a joint effort in which our elders participated be it carrying a jhanda or danda but truely participated and bore the lathi on their body thanks that the present government made us known some hidden heroes very true book about the so called untouchable Savarkar eagerly waiting for the second volume hope it happens in my life time

  5. Rumpi Dey (Verified Purchase)

    completely unravel the Mistry of Great Savarakar

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