If India looks forward to its 75th year of Independence, it is also looking at 75 years of the country’s partition. Perhaps the biggest human tragedy of the twentieth century, it was marked by unparalleled violence that was suppressed by interested parties for their own political and ideological reasons. In the analysis of the real factors that led to Partition lies the lesson to protect India’s unity and integrity, as exemplified by the relentless but unsuccessful attempt by Veer Savarkar to prevent the birth of Pakistan.
Arguably the greatest symbol of India’s national integration, Savarkar’s warnings on the threats to India’s security have come true in the past seven decades. Veer Savarkar: The Man Who Could Have Prevented Partition uncovers Savarkar, the thinker and the father of India’s national security who has shown the best possible pathway towards one nation that rises above religious, caste and regional feelings. It also proves the falsity of charges levelled against Savarkar from time to time and exposes the motives behind them. It reveals, for the first time, the manner in which the Narendra Modi-led government has implemented Savarkar’s national security and diplomatic vision.
The authors present many new facets of Savarkar which are unknown to the country. They effectively bring out how Savarkar presented the first ever robust defence and diplomacy doctrine for independent India. The book is a must-read for every Indian who cares for the nation and dreams of India as a great nation in the years to come. — Rajnath Singh, Union Defence Minister
This book presents a true account of the tragic story of India’s partition and Savarkar’s efforts to prevent it. It is based on deep research and offers rare lessons on fighting divisive forces for creating the ideal of united India. — Anupam Kher, Actor
This book is an eye opener on Savarkar’s security vision for India in the spirit of Maharana Pratap and Shivaji Maharaj. Plus, it very succinctly brings out how Savarkar was the only leader during the freedom struggle who understood the importance of princely rulers for new India and was proved correct when over 550 rulers merged their States with India without rancour, a unique sacrifice in world history which has not been duly appreciated. — Arvind Singh Mewar, Descendent of Maharana Pratap and heritage hotelier
About the Author
Uday Mahurkar is a central information commissioner with the Government of India. A former senior deputy editor with India Today magazine, he has penned two books on PM Narendra Modi’s governance. He is credited with developing a new narrative on Savarkar based on his national security vision. Mahurkar’s deep understanding of radical Islamic movements has enabled him to understand Savarkar’s philosophy better. He has marshalled evidence to prove that Savarkar’s Hindutva is essentially unalloyed nationalism based on true ‘Nation First’. He strongly believes that the Savarkar era has arrived.
A civil engineering lecturer at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Chirayu Pandit is the founding coordinator of the Institute of Leadership and Governance at M.S. University, a one-of-a-kind institute focusing on public leadership. Pandit is a researcher on nationalist issues and has an appreciable grip on issues relating to Savarkar, having studied Marathi literature on him.