About the Book
The book “Inside the Enemy Camp” deals with the autobiography of Veer Savarkar dealing with his work and activity in London form 1906 to 1910. Veer Savarkar shows us how the Indian freedom struggle moved from prayers, petitions and deputations of the Moderates to armed revolution. He reviews movements of other leaders and tells us how he changed the minds of Indian youth and also of the elder Indians in London.
About the Author
Vinayak Damodar Savarkar (1883–1966) was a revolutionary freedom fighter and Indian nationalist. While a student of law in London (1906–10), Savarkar helped to instruct a group of Indian revolutionaries in methods of sabotage and assassination that associates of his had apparently learned from expatriate Russian revolutionaries in Paris. During this period he wrote The Indian War of Independence, 1857 (1909), in which he took the view that the Indian Mutiny of 1857 was the first expression of Indian mass rebellion against British colonial rule. Savarkar was arrested on various charges relating to subversion and incitement to war in March 1910 and was sent to India for trial and convicted. In a second trial he was convicted of his alleged complicity in the assassination of a British district magistrate in India.After sentencing, he was transported to the Andaman Islands for detention for life. He was brought back to India in 1921 and released from detention in 1924. While imprisoned he wrote Hinditva: Who is a Hindu? (1923), coining the term Hindutva (Hinduness), which sought to define Indian culture as a manifestation of Hindu values; this concept grew to become a major tenet of Hindu nationalist ideology.