Penguin Random House India is thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Man Who Saved India by Hindol Sengupta


The Man Who Saved India by Hindol Sengupta

The Man who saved India will be a fresh, detailed and utterly contemporary exploration into the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

“Sardar Patel saved India. Period. This is exactly the stark term in which his contribution needs to be understood in India today. But how he saved India is not merely a thing of winning territories. It is far more delicate and intricate than that. Patel illuminates Indian politics with the kind of pragmatic and sensible ideas of nation-building at a time when many of his contemporaries are unable or unwilling to shed the romantic lens. Rarely are his ideas borrowed or copied. He is compellingly original and his rhetoric is perhaps one of the most powerfully indigenous in the freedom struggle. If a second renaissance has to come to India, it is most likely going to come through the ideals and methods of Patel. I am thrilled to be writing about him from ground-up perspective having travelled to all the places that defined his life and decisions. Through this book I want to bring alive Patel and place him right at the heart of everything India is struggling with today.” – Hindol Sengupta.

The Man Who Saved India is a definitive biography that must be on every history buff’s reading list.’ Priya Doraswamy, Lotus Lane Literary

‘Who was Patel? Why was he called the Iron Man of India? What is his unique contribution to the history and formation of the Indian state? The Man Who Saved India will answer all these questions and unravel the personality of one of the greatest men in Indian contemporary history in an engaging and informative way. I am glad that Hindol has chosen Patel as the subject of his next work and I am proud to have this book on our list.’ Milee Ashwarya, Editor-in-Chief, Commercial and Business Books


About the Author:

Hindol Sengupta is an award-winning writer, journalist, public speaker and social entrepreneur. He is the author of seven books. He is the youngest ever, and only Indian, to be nominated for the Hayek Prize given by the Manhattan Institute in memory of the Nobel laureate economist F. A. Hayek. He is the youngest winner of the PSF award for public service which has also been won, among others, by the late Indian President A. P. J. Abdul Kalam.

He is the founder of the not-for-profit Whypoll Trust. He was invited to present his research on Hinduism and technology at the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religion. An alumnus of the Australia-India Youth Dialogue (AIYD), he won the 2015 grant to write a people’s history of Indians in Australia and Australians in India. He was part of IdeaMensch’s 2012 list of 33 entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place to live in for his work on ideating India’s first women safety mobile app. He is Editor-at-Large for Fortune India where he writes on the political economy and entrepreneurship