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  • Savarkar: Echoes of a Forgotton Past, Vol. 1: Part 1

  • Written by: Vikram Sampath
  • Narrated by: Pratik Sharma
  • Length: 12 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (365 ratings)

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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 20th century. 

Accounts of his eventful and stormy life have oscillated from eulogizing hagiographies to disparaging demonization. The truth, as always, lies somewhere in between and has unfortunately never been brought to light. Savarkar and his ideology stood as one of the strongest and most virulent opponents of Gandhi, his pacifist philosophy, and the Indian National Congress. 

An alleged atheist and a staunch rationalist who opposed orthodox Hindu beliefs, encouraged inter-caste marriage and dining, and dismissed cow worship as mere superstition, Savarkar was, arguably, the most vocal political voice for the Hindu community through the entire course of India's freedom struggle. 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 more than a decade, where he underwent unimaginable torture. 

From being an optimistic advocate of Hindu-Muslim unity in his treatise on the 1857 War of Independence, what was it that transformed him in the Cellular Jail to a proponent of "Hindutva", which viewed Muslims with suspicion? 

Drawing from a vast range of original archival documents across India and abroad, this biography in two parts - the first focusing on the years leading up to his incarceration and eventual release from the Kalapani - puts Savarkar, his life, and his philosophy in a new perspective and looks at the man with all his achievements and failings.

©2019 Vikram Sampath (P)2019 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"Vikram Sampath has written the finest biography.... This will restore the right balance to the story of one of the revolutionaries of modern India." (Meghnad Desai, eminent author and columnist, professor emeritus at the London School of Economics)

"Vikram's writing skills and his penchant for description, especially of the inhuman torture that the prisoners had to undergo...make the text both heart-wrenching as also very readable." (Tathagata Roy, governor of Meghalaya) 

"Vikram Sampath has done extraordinary research into Savarkar's life and history." (T.V. Mohandas Pai, chairman, Manipal Global Education)

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epitome of sacrifice....veer Savarkar

loved every moment of the book... would look forward to hearing. very well researched and narrated

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It’s a good book

It’s not just book or story this story of legend which never came out side by this book helps to know about the legend

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Brilliant book

Definitely worth reading. I am further motivated to read other books by same author now.

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LEADER of Patriots .

We have not got independence by satyagraha ONLY , but there where some brave mens who gave there life ,and the leader of this brave men's is VEER SAVARKAR.

Waiting for second volume of this book .

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Tributes to Son of Bharat

informative narrative of Worthy son of Motherland. Great work. Great listening experience. Jai Hind.

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An eye opening and inspiring life

An unbiased and purely historical bird's eye view on Savarkar's life. The author has done a fantastic job of putting things in perspective. The reader though, has unfortunately failed to do justice to Marathi/Hindi/Sanskrit pronunciations. Thankfully, the content is so astoundingly gripping that you learn to ignore the shortcomings in the reading.

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Story of a freedom fighter

The story /journey is riveting.
The happenings in England are really eye opening.
I think India House in London, should be amust visit place for every Indian

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UNTOLD TRUTH

He and many others were such a hero. They were true freedom fighters which are not told by history.

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Narration could have been better

Loved the details and nuances of the events described in the book ,but Marathi pronunciation was abysmal wished narrator with better understanding of Marathi have narrated it because meaning of many world have changed in this narration because of pronunciation.

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Well spoken

Wherever Marathi songs are quoted if that would have been in the original form rathar in English would have been more informative to know richness of India's great treasure.

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