Savarkar before Hindutva: Sovereignty, Republicanism, and Populism in India, c.1900–1920

  title={Savarkar before Hindutva: Sovereignty, Republicanism, and Populism in India, c.1900–1920},
  author={Vikram Visana},
  journal={Modern Intellectual History},
  pages={1106 - 1129}
  • Vikram Visana
  • Published 5 November 2020
  • History
  • Modern Intellectual History
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