Historian Vikram Sampath’s final volume on the life and works of Veer Savarkar will hit the stands on July 26, Penguin Random House India announced on Friday on the 138th anniversary of the birth of ideologue Hindutva.
The book, titled “Savarkar: A Contested Legacy (1924-1966), will cover the story of one of the 20th century’s most controversial political thinkers from 1924 to 1966, the year of his death. The first volume, “Savarkar: Echoes of a Forgotten Past”, published in 2019, covered Savarkar’s life from his birth in 1883 until his parole from prison in 1924.
Born May 28, 1883, in the village of Bhagur near Nasik, Maharashtra, Savarkar remains a revered figure for his Hindutva philosophy, especially for parties and organizations that subscribe to Hindutva views.
“I have been obsessively researching the life and times of Savarkar for the past five years. It has been a rewarding journey, unearthing heretofore unseen material in archives across India and the world and working in Marathi and other Indian languages, ”Sampath told PTI.
“.. The amount of love and warmth that I have received from readers for Volume 1 has been truly heartwarming and I hope they will enjoy this latest volume as well and expose the real facts in the public domain for consideration.” he added .
Even decades after his death, former Hindu president Mahasabha Savarkar continues to uniquely influence the Indian political scenario. From an optimistic defender of Hindu-Muslim unity in his treatise on the “War of Independence” of 1857 to a supporter of “Hindutva”, what transformed him in the cell prison? The book, according to Sampath, tells the true story of what he called the “misunderstood and slandered patriot.”
In 1911, Savarkar was sentenced to 50 years in the Andamans Cellular Prison, also known as “Kala Pani”, for revolting against the Morley-Minto reforms (Indian Councils Act 1909). He was released in 1924.
“The amount of propaganda and the lack of credible information about him that has made his story subject to manipulation, both by its opponents and supporters, is shocking. At the same time, I think there was a huge hunger among Indians to know the true story of this misunderstood and slandered patriot, ”he said.
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon.