SAVARKAR Paperback – 1 January 2019 by VAIBHAV PURANDARE (Author)

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      British collaborator or fiery patriot? The man behind Gandhi’s murder? Atheist or Hindu nationalist? Savarkar is one of the most fascinating men in Indian history. A man who in the first part of his life wanted Hindu–Muslim unity yet later became the father of Hindutva. A man who called for complete independence twenty years before the Congress but didn’t participate in the Quit India movement. A man who in his younger days was friendly with Gandhi but was later seen as the inspiration behind his killing. Based on Savarkar’s original Marathi papers, accounts of his contemporaries, several of them untranslated from Marathi, court and government records, and newspapers of the time, this new biography is packed with fresh details. Written in a lively, page-turning style, this is a riveting and unbiased account of Savarkar’s life, and the only book you will need to truly understand him.
      Dimensions 4 × 20 cm
      Publisher ‏

      ‎ Juggernaut Books (1 January 2019)

      Language ‏

      ‎ English

      Paperback ‏

      ‎ 360 pages

      ISBN-10 ‏

      ‎ 9353450527

      ISBN-13 ‏

      ‎ 978-9353450526

      Item Weight ‏

      ‎ 410 g

      Dimensions ‏

      ‎ 14 x 4 x 20 cm

      Country of Origin ‏

      ‎ India

      Generic Name ‏

      ‎ Book

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      6 reviews for SAVARKAR Paperback – 1 January 2019 by VAIBHAV PURANDARE (Author)

      1. Tejas

        This book is an amazing read especially those who are interested in knowing about Veer Savarkar. The book gives a lot of insights on the society and in general the time when Savarkar was there. Lot of insights on other leaders who were either seniors or peers to him. Very good read. Good job by Mr. Vaibhav Purandare

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        To say that Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is a highly polarising figure in Indian history would be a cliched understatement. But for all the heat and animosity, ardent admiration and virulent criticism – most Indians know little about the man’s long and highly eventful life.Part of the reason is that a large proportion of Savarkar’s own writings – non-fiction, fiction – including dramas, novels and poetry – are in his native Marathi and thus inaccessible to the English reading public. This gap has been remedied by Vaibhav Purandare’s excellent book which draws intensively upon sources in Marathi as well as contemporary newspapers – all of which are meticulously referenced throughout the text.The book is an all out biography, tracing Veer Savarkar’s life from birth and formative years, to the tumultous revolutionary years in London, followed by over ten years of horrendous suffering in the dreaded Cellular Jail of Andaman. Savarkar’s tilt towards Hindu nationalism is attributed to torture inflicted on Hindu prisoners by Muslim jail officials in Andaman – egged on by British authorities.The gradual and ever sharpening articulation of ‘Hinduness’ – Hindutva – as an ideology is described through extensive quotes from Savarkar’s own statements and speeches.To this end the book is balanced – describing Savarkar’s life, political views and career as they are – without leaning towards either hagiography or vilification. The praiseworthy aspects of Savarkar’s life – his nationalism, his intellect, his modernising views, his social reforms, his keen intellect and his indomitable courage in enduring monumental suffering in the Andaman is clearly described. But some of the more unpalatable aspects and contradictions in his ideology – primarily how promulgating Hindutva which by articulating the ‘otherness’ of Indian Muslims effectively substantiates the two nation theory is also called out.Along the way, the book ends up re-capitulating some of the key developments in India’s freedom struggle.Perhaps the most intriguing part is how the book explores Savarkar’s involvement in the trial following the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi – trying to draw a distinction between criminal culpability versus moral implication. It is without doubt that Gandhiji’s assassins drew inspiration from the Hindutva ideology and the criticism of Gandhiji for pandering to Jinnah and allowing the country to be partitioned that Savarkar so stridently articulated. But criminal culpability was never proved and Savarkar was acquitted. What’s most troubling is that the book hints at certain unverifiable incidences (involving none other than the illustrious Dr Ambedkar) and retractions (issued much later by an accused turned approver) that point in a more insidious direction – was Savarkar deliberately implicated in trial to destroy a political rival to the then ruling party? The book provides no definitive answer, but leaves readers to draw their own conclusions.

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        Book Name: Savarkar – The true story of the Father of Hindutva!Author: Vaibhav PurandareGenre: Biography/Non-fictionPublication @JuggernautPages: 360Rating: 5/5Blurb: Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is one of the most fascinating men in Indian history. A man who in the first part of his life wanted Hindu-Muslim unity yet later became the Father of Hindutva. A man who called for complete independence 20 years before the Congress but didn’t participate in the Quit India movement. A man who in his younger days was friendly with Gandhi but was later seen as the inspiration behind his killing.Review:Savarkar was one of the controversial leaders who served our country. Having studied a brief about him in school, I was very much intrigued to read this book to know more about him. I must say I was taken-in by the amount of hardwork the author has put in to pen down this book. His extensive research and a lucid writing style grabs the attention of readers and takes you through the Era. The writing is simple and beginners can read this wonderful book too. The book is lengthy, but the story of Veer Savarkar is an inspiring one. The first 9 chapters talk about his life in Nashik with his parents, the shaping of his freedom ideology, an extremist view under the influence of Tilak, his life in London, him as a threat to British Rule and an imprisonment. The next 3 chapters talks about him as a leader who believes in Hindutva theory with no aspects to religion, a different country for Muslims, the over hyped name Mahatma, difference between freedom and politics and finally the assassination of Gandhi.His ideologies, his vision and his actions defined him as one of the greatest leaders and I must say the author has done a great work of writing his story for all of us. The authenticity of the writing shows-in with all the references/ bibliographies provided at the end. This book leaves no stone unturned when retelling the story of this enigmatic personality Savarkar. I really would recommend this book to all the readers and beginners. This is the book that keeps you interested throughout and leaves you with a fulfilled feeling. Savarkar is a story to be retold in every household.

      4. Padmakumari Amma S.

        Yes i liked it.

      5. Simran Bhatia

        Central Idea: The book is based on the life and struggles of Savarkar, who being an important part of independent India, coined the term ‘Hindutva’ in his own domain. The book is the amalgamation and analysis of historical data and has a good narration of each and every fact in a unique perspective and certainty is assured through the bibliography in the end.My Take: I found the book to be intriguing as the author has beautifully expressed the whole plot without in a courteous and humble way especially when this is the topic of harsh controversy. The biography, hence, is uncommon yet worth reading. The narration is lucid, easy to comprehend and easier to vividly imagine the past in the present. The writing style is simple yet direct, given the fact, history is not something to be entirely true but sometimes what we consider is what we call the truth.Critique: The book is a bit biased in opinion especially with the mentioning of political satire in the author’s note, given the fact, the facts and figures in newspapers could be the one indulged in their own digits. Sometimes, the accuracy is hidden to present a perspective and then it is monitored again and again with the spectacles of iron, and that is how it turns into the truth. But nonetheless, the book pampers the motivation of biography and what one has to learn from other’s life in order to not repeat the same mistakes and actions again.

      6. Arjun

        Great account on Savarkar“Savarkar: The True Story of the Father of Hindutva”- By Vaibhav PurandareFor a Biography, this was definitely a really well written and very captivating narration. The author has done a great deal of research digging into many archival information regarding Savarkar from the UK and India. The book takes you through his family history, birth, and until his eventual death in 1966.The book presents very interesting encounters in Savarkar’s life, especially during his days in London as a law student. His association with other fellow revolutionaries and on how his activism and writings found inspiration among many next-generation revolutionaries. The book gives a very descriptive account of the hardships Savarkar faced during his over 15 years of Jail term, and how his experiences there shaped his later politics.Reading this, one would be in awe of Savarkar’s persona and feel sorry for what he suffered for this country, and his youth lost in the process. Unlike other work on Savarkar in the past which were either hagiographic or biasedly critical, the author doesn’t make an attempt to skip his extreme ideas, thus presenting a complete picture.Definitely a good read to know about one of the most polarizing figures of our history, also one whose political ideology has a deep influence on our current politics in India

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