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Savarkar: A Contested Legacy from A Forgotten Past (In 2 Volumes)

Vikram Sampath (Author)

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. 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.

Decades after his death, Savarkar continues to uniquely influence India’s political scenario. An optimistic advocate of Hindu-Muslim unity in his treatise on the 1857 War of Independence, what was it that transformed him into a proponent of ‘Hindutva’? What was it that transformed him in the Cellular Jail to a proponent of ‘Hindutva’, which viewed Muslims with suspicion?

This two-volume biography series, exploring a vast range of original archival documents from across India and outside it, in English and several Indian languages, historian Vikram Sampath brings to light the life and works of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, one of the most contentious political thinkers and leaders of the twentieth century.

Comprehensive, definitive and absolutely unputdownable, this two-volume biography opens a window to previously unknown untold life of Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

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About the author

Vikram Sampath

Vikram Sampath was born in Banglore and did his early schooling there. He completed his engineering in Electronics and Masters in Mathematics from India’s prestigious institution for higher education, BITS- Pilani and subsequently did an M.B.A. in Finance from SP Jain Institute of Management and Research, Mumbai. He has worked in many leading multinational firms like GE Money and Citibank and currently works as a Project Mananger in a leading software company in Banglore.

His first book, Splendours of Royal Mysore: The Untold Story of the Wodeyars has been widely acclaimed across India. The book traces the 600 year long history of Mysore, its royal family and culture. It has been termed as one of the most definitive accounts on the Mysore royal family in recent times. The book was also nominated for the Crossword-Vodafone book of the year 2008 award under the non-fiction category.

Vikram publishers regularly in leading Indian dailies and management like The Hindu, Deccan Herald, Banglore Mirror and Jet Wings. In addition, he is also a serious student of Carnatic Classical Vocal music and has been training under various eminent practitioners of the art form. Subjects related to history, music, art and culture are close to his heart.

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Bibliographic information

Title Savarkar: A Contested Legacy from A Forgotten Past (In 2 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 15.02.2022
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Penguin India
Language: English
isbn 9780670096664
length 1336p.