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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, l ...more
Hardcover, 624 pages
Published August 16th 2019 by Penguin Viking
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Ajay
Aug 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One heck of a book. Finished this book in 3 days. Finally i got to read a book on Savarkar. Loved it. Admiring it. Eagerly waiting for 2nd book. More books need to be written on non Hindi or Bengali leaders. I am sure every regional place have their leaders. We need more such books. This book was wow. I came to know so many things. Finally without any agenda someone wrote book on him.
Hariprasad
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Covers Savarkar's journey from birth till his incarceration in the Andamans, and eventual release in 1924.

Fantastic book! A must read for all Hindus. The man is an inspiration and the book highlights just why. His greatness shone through even in the Cellular jail where he became the root-cause for several reforms.

And like any good book, this one leads to many others. Go grab it.
Drpradesh100 Deshpande
Must read .... to understand complex phenomenon that was Savarkar.

Important book. It provides a refreshing look at Savarkar's life. Importantly, it goes in details of the Hindutva philosophy and his scientific approach. Although these writings were available in Marathi, author has done a great job translating them, thus making them available to non Marathi readers. Looking forward towards second half.....
Vinay
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
The best u can get ur hands on
Anand Rai
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't keep the book down and finished it in just 2 days. Just go ahead and buy it folks...it's a bit costly but worth every penny.
Surabhi
Sep 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
"I am a reformist at heart."

I am glad that we finally have a biography dedicated to Savarkar. This book was an eye-opener for me.

I didn't know about Savarkar anything till 2015. One of the bravest anti-colonial revolutionaries of Freedom Struggle of India was suspiciously missing from our school books, as well as the mainstream political discourse. And it is obvious why. Only those belonging to a particular ideology, find a mention in general textbooks. The entire credit for Indian Independence
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Manish
I've always been curious about Savarkar. But I'd never come across any significant biography of his - until now. 2019 had two back to back biographies of his out - one by Sampath and the other by Purandare. With the BJP in power, this wasn't surprising to me considering the ruling dispensation's effort to recast the non-Congress leaders in a new light and to give them their 'due'.

However, the book was a revelation. Someone who was always known to me as a conspirator of Gandhi's assassination, co
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Born and raised in Bangalore, Vikram Sampath completed his schooling in Bangalore at the Sri Aurobindo Memorial School and Bishop Cotton Boys' School. He thereafter obtained a Bachelors in Engineering in Electronics and a Masters in Mathematics from one of India's most reputed schools, BITS-Pilani. He then went on to obtain an MBA in Finance from S P Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumb ...more
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