Fifteen Brave Men and Women of Bharat, who
Never Succumbed to the Challenges of Invaders
But Lost and Forgotten in the Annals of History
This is the Story of these Bravehearts,
who Fought to Protect their Rights, Faith and Freedom
History has always been the handmaiden of the victor. ‘Until the lions have their own storytellers,’ said Chinua Achebe, ‘the history of the hunt will always glorify the hunter!’
Vikram Sampath’s Bravehearts of Bharat is one such book. Exploring the lives, times and works of long-forgotten and mostly neglected fifteen unsung heroes and heroines of India’s glorious past, the book brings to light the contributions of the warriors who not only donned an armor and bravely fought the invading forces in the battlefield, but also kept the flame of hope alive under the most adverse circumstances.
Narrating the tales of valor and success that India experienced both as a nation and civilization, Bravehearts of Bharat lets readers in on the lives of valiant men and women who defended their motherland against ruthless invaders.
From Rajarshi Bhagyachandra Jai Singh of Manipur, Lalitaditya Muktapida of Kashmir, Chand Bibi of Ahmednagar, Lachit Barphukan of Assam, Begum Hazrat Mahal of Awadh to Rani Abbakka Chowta of Ullal, Martanda Varma of Travancore, Rani Rudrama Devi of Warangal, Rani Naiki Devi of Gujarat and Banda Singh Bahadur, among others, are some of the ‘bravehearts’ who fought to uphold the tradition and culture of their land.
Pacy and hard to put down, Bravehearts of Bharat chronicles the stories of courage, determination and victory, which largely remain untold and therefore unknown for a long time.
Published: October 2022
Number of Pages: 512
Author: Vikram Sampath
Publisher: Penguin Viking