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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? Drawing from a vast range of original archival documents across India and abroad, this biography in two parts-the first focusing on the years leading up to his incarceration and eventual release from the Kalapani-puts Savarkar, his life and philosophy in a new perspective and looks at the man with all his achievements and failings.

    624 pages
  • Original Title : Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past, 1883–1924
  • Publisher : Penguin Viking
  • Genre : Colonial , Biographies , Non , Politicsselected , Historyselected
  • ISBN : 0670090301 (ISBN13: 9780670090303)
  • Language : English
  • User assigned genres : History, Non fiction, Contemporary Indian Writing, Maratha History, Culture, Freedom Struggle, Political Analysis, Politics, Biographies and Memoirs, Colonial History
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Akash Datta rated it
July 30, 2021
“Savarkar Maney Tej ....Savarkar Maney Tyag....Savarkar Maney Tap....Savarkar Maney Tathya....Savarkar Maney Tark......Savarkar Maney Tarunya....Savarkar Maney Tir....Savarkar Maney Talwar.....Savarkar Maney Tilmilahat......Sagara Pran Talmalala.....Talmalati Hui Aatma.....Savarkar Maney Titiksha.....Savarkar Maney Tikhapan......Savarkar Mhnje Tikhat" -Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee This is a great book written by a very hard working author. Everything is presented with sufficient evidences. If you are tired of novel-like articles writte ... more
Akshay Jog rated it
September 23, 2020
Excellent biography on Veer Savarkar. Author has done painstaking research and studied lots of archive documents, autobiography, memoirs, contemporary newspapers etc. It covers only first half of his life span, waiting for next part. Must read book
Mansi Chauhan rated it
July 14, 2020
I didn't knew about Savarkar until the image of Savarkar was tarnished to seek some attention. Lot of claims were made from both sides, so I decided to know the truth by myself. I can say that this book is the result of deep research into the depths of history and documents which portrays the life of a leader of the 20th century. He was not only a political activist but also a poet, writer and a theorist. This will be a good read for those who are interested in Savarkar's life and contemporary India.