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Savarkar and Hindutva - The Godse Connection
Savarkar and Hindutva - The Godse Connection

Savarkar and Hindutva - The Godse Connection

by A G Noorani

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English

Publisher

LeftWord

ISBN

8187496304 - Year: 2004 - Pages: 168

Binding

Paperback

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Author: A G Noorani
Publisher: LeftWord
Year: 2004
Language: English
Pages: 168
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8187496304

Description

Now in paperback edition, this book, with a wealth of information and historical detail, is a must for all those interested in modern Indian politics and the history of communalism in India.

This book investigates the figure of Savarkar, the author of the term 'Hindutva'. What it finds does not add up to a flattering portrait. With a wealth of information and historical detail, inimitably forthright and hard-hitting, this study builds up a devastating case against Savarkar.

Though delayed, justice has finally been done to the man.

After years of prevarication, the Bharatiya Janata Party has at last publicly and explicitly owned up Vinayak Damodar Savarkar as its cult figure. The BJP seeks to displace Gandhi from his position as the pre-eminent symbol of Indian nationalism and project, in his stead, Savarkar as a national hero. This is an enterprise, however, that is fraught with risk. The risk of the truth coming out in the open.

Savarkar rejected the inclusive, secular concept of territorial nationalism and advocated the exclusivist, communal concept of cultural nationalism. He repeatedly apologized and gave written undertakings to the government. He was directly connected to more than one murder. And most damagingly, as the book demonstrates in great detail, it was Savarkar who led the conspiracy to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi on that fateful winter evening of 1948.

Inimitably forthright and hardhitting, A G Noorani builds a devastating case against Savarkar. With a wealth of information and historical detail, this book is a must for all those interested in modern Indian politics and the history of communalism in India.

Contents

Preface

The myth and the man

Savarkar’s Nationalism

Andamans and the origins of Hindutva

Hindutva vs Hinduism

Gandhi’s murder

The aftermath

Appendices

Notes

Bibliography

Index

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