Staff Reporter –
10 September, 2019, Kolkata: Hon’ble Governor of West Bengal, Sri Jagdeep Dhankar, unveiled Vikram Sampath’s book “Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past” at the Kitab book launch session organized by Prabha Khaitan Foundation on Saturday.Reflecting on the book, Sri Dhankar said, “Veer Savarkar has been done great injustice. Time now has come when we have to believe in the nation in the sense it has been understood for centuries. A deep reflection on Hindutva which has a totally different connotation. Instead of demonising or eulogising someone, we should analyse.” Commenting on Article 370, the Governor said, “Loud and clear and in bold letters it was written as a temporary article.” Author Vikram Sampath said, “I prefer to write about people who have either been forgotten like Gauhar Jaan or vilified. The fact that Savarkar was demonized and vilified triggered my interest. The amount of matter that is available on Veer Savarkar in the national archives and the various archives in England, France and Germany is huge and open to research. Prabha Khaitan Foundation is organizing this book launch series called Kitab whereby we are providing a forum for talented writers to launch their books,” said Prabha Khaitan Foundation, Trustee, Mr Sundeep Bhutoria. Earlier in the morning, author Vikram Sampath presented a copy of his book to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Bengaluru who complimented him for his historically-researched work on the life of freedom-fighter and thinker, Vinayak Damodar Savarkar, who is considered to be the propounder of Hindutva philosophy. “This morning in Bengaluru I met the bright Vikram Sampath. I am glad that he has devoted significant time and research towards studying Veer Savarkar. His book adds fresh dimensions towards understanding the life and thoughts of the great Savarkar,” Modi tweeted..