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Bangalore based historian, Dr. Vikram Sampath is the author of five acclaimed books: Splendours of Royal Mysore: the Untold Story of the WodeyarsMy Name Is Gauhar Jaan: The Life and Times of a Musician; Voice of the Veena: S Balachander: A Biography. His latest books are the two-volume biography: Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past and Savarkar: A Contested Legacy, 1924-1966 from Penguin Random House India. Both the voulmes had gone on to become ‘National Best Sellers’. Vikram was awarded the Sahitya Akademi’s first Yuva Puraskar in English literature and the ARSC International Award for Excellence in Historical research in New York for his book on Gauhar Jaan. The book has also been adapted to theatre as a play Gauhar by Lillette Dubey and is being adapted to a Bollywood film by Ashutosh Gowariker. Vikram was among the 4 writers and artists to be selected as a Writer-in-Residence at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in 2015. Vikram has a doctorate in history & music from the University of Queensland, Australia and was a Senior Research Fellow at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi. He is also an Aspen Global Leadership Fellow and an Eisenhower Global Fellow 2021. An Engineer/mathematician from BITS-Pilani and an MBA in Finance from S. P. Jain, Mumbai, Vikram is also a trained Carnatic vocalist. He has established the Archive of Indian Music, India’s first digital sound archive for vintage recordings, is the Founder-Director of the Bangalore Literature Festival, and curates the ZEE Group’s ‘ARTH-A Culture Fest’.


  • Language: Hindi
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin Random House India Pvt. Ltd
  • Genre: Biography & Autobiography
  • ISBN: 9780143450702
  • Pages: 538
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As the intellectual fountainhead of the ideology of Hindutva, which is in politicalascendancy in India today, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar is undoubtedly one ofthe most contentious political thinkers and leaders of the twentieth century.Accounts of his eventful and stormy life have oscillated from eulogizinghagiographies to disparaging demonization. The truth, as always, liessomewhere in between and has unfortunately never been brought to light.Savarkar and his ideology stood as one of the strongest and most virulentopponents of Gandhi, his pacifist philosophy and the Indian National Congress.An alleged atheist and a staunch rationalist who opposed orthodox Hindubeliefs, encouraged inter-caste marriage and dining, and dismissed cow worshipas mere superstition, Savarkar was, arguably, the most vocal political voice forthe Hindu community through the entire course of India’s freedom struggle. Fromthe heady days of revolution and generating international support for the causeof 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 theAndamans, for over a decade, where he underwent unimaginable torture.From being an optimistic advocate of Hindu-Muslim unity in his treatise on the1857 War of Independence, what was it that transformed him in the Cellular Jailto a proponent of ‘Hindutva’, which viewed Muslims with suspicion?Drawing from a vast range of original archival documents across India andabroad, this biography in two parts-the first focusing on the years leading up tohis incarceration and eventual release from the Kalapani-puts Savarkar, his lifeand philosophy in a new perspective and looks at the man with all hisachievements and failings.

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Biographies & Autobiographies