The Indian War of Independence (book)

The Indian War of Independence (book)

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author = Vinayak Damodar Savarkar
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country = India
language = Marathi, English
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genre = History (Nationalist)
publisher = Sethani Kampani, Bombay (reprint, India)
release_date = 1909, 1949 (reprint, India)
english_release_date = 1909
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"The Indian War of Independence" is an Indian nationalist history of the 1857 revolt by Vinayak Damodar Savarkar that was first published in 1909.Harvnb|Vohra|2000|p=70] The book, initially written in Marathi, was penned by Savarkar in response to celebrations in Britain of the 50th anniversary of the 1857 Indian uprising with records from India Office archives and the whole project received support from Indian nationalists in Britain including the likes of Madame Cama, V.V.S. Iyer and M.P.T. Acharya, as well as Indian students who had dared not show their support or sympathy for India House openly.Harvnb|Yadav|1992|p=14] Published during Savarkar's stay in London at the India House, the book was influenced by histories of the French Revolution and the American Revolution, as much as it sought to bring the Indian movement to public attention in Britain as well as to inspire nationalist revolution in India.cite web
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publisher = University of California, Irvine
title= V.D. Savarkar and The Indian War of Independence, 1857

The book, which describes the 1857 revolt as an unified and national uprising of India as a nation against British authority,Harvnb|Misra|2004|p=184] was seen at the time as highly inflammatory, and the Marathi edition was banned in British India even before its publication.Harvnb|Hopkirk|2001|p=45] Publication of the English translation faltered after British printers and publishing houses were warned by the Home Office of its highly seditious content, while the British foreign office brought pressure on the French Government to prevent its publication from Paris. It was ultimately printed in Holland in 1909, with the British government not tracing it until too late.Harvnb|Yadav|1992|p=14] cite web
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publisher = University of Edinburgh
title=Mutiny at the Margins
] The copies were printed with false dust wrappers purporting to be copies of "The Pickwick Papers" and other literary classics, and large quantities were shipped to India where it quickly became a bible of political extremists. It was excluded from the catalogue of the British Library to prevent Indian students from accessing it. In India, the book remained banned till the end of The Raj forty years later.

"The Indian War of Independence" is considered to be an influential work in Indian history and nationalist writing,Harvnb|Dirks|2001|p=127] and also one of Savarkar's most influential works in developing and framing ideas of masculine Hinduism.Harvnb|Bannerjee|2005|p=50] While some erstwhile and modern histories draw similar conclusions as the Savarkar,Harvnb|Hasan|1998|p=149] others, including R.C. Majumdar, disagreed with Savarkar's conclusions in his book on the national and unified character of the mutiny.Harvnb|Nanda|1965|p=701]


Further reading

*Harvard reference
Surname1 = Bannerjee
Given1 = Sikata
Year = 2005
Title = Make Me a Man!: Masculinity, Hinduism, and Nationalism in India
Publisher = SUNY press
ISBN= 0791463672
*Harvard reference
Surname1 = Dirks
Given1 = Nicholas B
Year = 2001
Title = Castes of Mind: Colonialism and the Making of Modern India
Publisher = Princeton University Press
ISBN= 0691088950
*Harvard reference
Surname1 = Hasan
Given1 = Farhad
Year = 1998
Title = Social Scientist, Vol. 26, No. 1/4 (Jan. - Apr., 1998), pp. 148-151
Publisher =
*Harvard reference
Surname1 = Hopkirk
Given1 = Peter
Year = 2001
Title = On Secret Service East of Constantinople
Publisher = Oxford Paperbacks
ISBN = 0192802305
*Harvard reference
Surname1 = Misra
Given1 = Amalendu
Year = 2004
Title = Identity and Religion: Foundations of Anti-Islamism in India
Publisher = SAGE
ISBN= 0761932267
*Harvard reference
Surname1 = Nanda
Given1 = Krishan
Year = 1965
Title = The Western Political Quarterly, Vol. 18, No. 3 (Sep., 1965), pp. 700-701
Publisher = University of Utah on behalf of the Western Political Science Association
*Harvard reference
Surname1 = Vohra
Given1 = Ranbir
Year = 2000
Title = The Making of India: A Historical Survey
Publisher = M.E. Sharpe
ISBN= 0765607123
*Harvard reference
Surname1 = Yadav
Given1 = B.D
Year = 1992
Title = M.P.T. Acharya, Reminiscences of an Indian Revolutionary
Publisher = Anmol Publications Pvt ltd
ISBN= 8170414709

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