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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)

What listeners say about Savarkar: Echoes of a Forgotton Past, Vol. 1: Part 1

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Most researched and well thought book

It was awesome to listen to valor of Veer Savarakar . Our leftist politician and historians most critical about him should introspect their narrative about him. I thank vikram sampark for such a marvellous piece of golden history un noticed .

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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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Excellent and exceptional book..

This book is not simply a story but these are facts. These are written and narrated in such a fantastic way that I started feeling I am living that era, I am one of the characters. Thanks for all the research and efforts. Hope this will reach to masses and will be eye opener for many people. Savarkaranchya smruti la arpan kelel pusp aahe 🙏

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A balanced and well written biography

This book has done a good job of bringing to light Beer Savarkar's early life, beliefs, time in London and his unforgettable contribution to India's freedom struggle.

Do yourself a favour and instead of getting your savarkar bias from memes and news media, read this (or any of his own writings) to judge for yourself who he was as a man and what he did for our nation.

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Amazing untold story

I first listened to vol 2 and loved it so much that I was waiting for vol 1 to be released. Must read to understand the story that was hidden from Indians by our own gov after Independence

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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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An excellent book

An excellent book throwing light on the life of the most misunderstood and mistreated man in the Indian independence struggle. I recommend all indians to listen to this to get the correct facts and a chance to know one of the greatest son of mother India

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What an eye opener - A must read for every patriot

This is such a detailed and well researched account of a freedom fighter who was sadly forgotten and systematically erased from our memories. So far his life story is truly inspirational and I would recommend everyone to read/listen to it at least once.

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Great Read

Nice in depth coverage of the struggle. Sheds light on many unheard people in the freedom struggle and details the organizational strength and international network of Abhinav Bharat. Nice book to understand colonial India and the role of many glorified Indians

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Excellent book, should have combined part 1 and 2

Captivating biography of Savarkars life and times in India and England. Learn a lot about Indian history 1870-1911, rise of Nationalism and Extremism around the same time. Interesting life of Savarkar in India House, London.. Sometimes the book goes into too much of details

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  • 03-04-21

Very amazing story for that time

Every Indian should read this book as we believe in democracy and correct the narrative in different media.

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a tribute to one of India's greatest hero

A through and balanced journey of one of the greatest hero of Modern India. Veer Savarkar's book provides inspirations to Millions of rationalist Indians who believe in making India an stronger force of 21st century.