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Saffron Swords

by   Manoshi Sinha Rawal (Author)  
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How much do we know about the valorous saga of our ancestors from the east to west, north to south of Bharat? Unfortunately very little! Were we always defeated? It is a BIG No! But we have been projected as losers! During the last 1300 years, our ancestors across the country put up a brave resistance against invaders, first against Islamic invasion and rule and later the British. Hundreds and thousands of our warriors won battles and many fought until their last breath defending the motherland.

Indian History textbooks have hardly glorified these real warriors of the soil. We have grown up reading more about the glories of our invaders. A nation’s citizens, who are ignorant about the brave feats of their ancestors, tend to deviate away from their roots, historicity, and their sense of belongingness for the motherland. Saffron Swords that contains 52 tales of valor, is a tribute to the unsung warriors of India, both men, and women, from the last 1300 years. This book is the first in its series.

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ISBN 13 9781942426103
Book Language English
Binding Paperback
Edition 1st, 2019
Publishers Garuda Prakashan  
Category Best Seller Books   Indian History   Offers  
Weight 300.00 g
Dimension 14.00 x 2.00 x 22.00

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52 tales of Valour

Collection of 52 personalities who did ultimate sacrifice for their Nation since 7th Century CE Nagbhat Gurjar to Freedom fighters of 20th century CE
Review by - Mayur, July 30, 2021

Saffron Swords

This book is a collection of biographies of 52 Heroes of our nation , many of them fairly sung of [#BhagatSingh , #VeerSavarkar ] and most of them Unsung . What is common in all the biographies is that they all had a very big impact on the history of our country. The sad truth is our History textbooks barely mention anything about them , if at all ! The co-author of the book and the author's husband , Yogendra Singh Rawal asks the author Was it always the case in history that we lost all the times on the battlefield ? The author researched everything beyond the NCERT Textbooks to write this book and answer her husbands question. Our textbooks often talk about the men . Except for #RaniLaxmibai (Who also has her fairshare of space in this book ) and a few others , thier are no references to any women . This book does them justice , out of the total 52 chapters , around 20 of them are about women. The book also has a bibliography , having almost all the sources about the facts and tales mentioned in the book unlike many , which just consist of conspiracy theories , with no facts and Data to back them. The War scenes are really very well descriped by the author , its as if i was present on the battlefield, witnessing the war myself. Especially the chapter on the Battle of Haldighati , that is really amazingly written. The biographies of Saraswati Rajamani and Suhaldev inspired me the most . Will definetely read detailed and dedicated books about them. The book is really well written barring a few gramatical mistakes , that the common reader won't even notice . Will reccomend this to every one, especially History Buffs. Follow @keetabi_keeda on Instagram for more such reviews.
Review by - Harsh Agrawal, July 31, 2021


Saffron Swords left me with mixed feelings, on one hand I was awed reading about the resistance by our ancestors against the invading hordes & imperialists, but on the other hand I was left perplexed that why were ( and are to this day ) these heroic incidents of resistance missing from mainstream social sciences syllabus and academic discourse. Who is behind this cover up & what purpose does censoring & distorting of our History benefits them? The education curriculum has been miserably trying to glorify invaders for generations, completely censoring the atrocities committed by the invaders & resistance of the Indian people, this is appalling & injustice on our citizens. I recommend Saffron Swords to my friends, and especially my students as the book answers many queries about missing chapters of our History of resistance against the invaders, we did fight back, the book is a testimony of our heroic resistance. My heartfelt thanks & best wishes to the author mam Manoshi Sinha for the book & also Garuda Publications for publishing & encouraging nationalist view point which is otherwise unknown to many of us searching for answers.
Review by - Vineet, August 02, 2021

Saffron Swords

Very Good
Review by - Kalyani Bhatt, November 07, 2021

Books like this one has been a long need for the society

It is a series of stories on 52 unsung Hindu heroes and resistance from the length and breadth of India to Islamic & British invaders. The name of the book absolutely justifies its contents. The author presents the heroic deeds in a summarized way with only as much background as is needed by a common reader. She doesn’t overplay or underplay any character in the book. And narrates history as it happened. This is not an encyclopedia of each and every hero/heroine mentioned. For that one would need to read specific books; that’s something only academicians would do and not general citizens. Reading this book - even though it’s a summary - would make us feel very proud of our ancestors. And we get to understand why all these chapters have been tactfully withheld from us for so long. This book could be very attractive and interesting for our teenagers and youth for a quick knowledge 👍🏼. The second part of this book covering some more heroes from the country is still awaited.
Review by - Ishani Ray Chaudhuri, November 23, 2021

Must read

Real history
Review by - Deep Agasti, March 18, 2022

Eye opener book

This book is an eye opener for the Indians who believe that we were not United, we were covered, we never retaliated and leftist historians have tried to hide all the true stories of our warriors
Review by - Krutarth, June 04, 2022
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This is a book of brave heroes and heroines of India down the ages. India is one of the oldest civilizations with the Vedas as one of the oldest written records. We have historical records of our ancient times recorded in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Various dynasties ruled the country with golden periods witnessed during the Magadhas, Mauryas, Vijaynagara, to name a few. During Islamic and colonial rule, hundreds and thousands of our warriors gave a stiff resistance. But their saga of blood and glory, their tales of valor have not been highlighted in our History text books. Few tales that find a place in the history text books are not well described.

Manoshi Sinha Rawal and Yogaditya Singh Rawal have highlighted those neglected, unknown, and hidden tales of valor from the last 1300 years in this book Saffron Swords. There are 52 tales of valor, which encompass the brave exploits of warriors from across the country, from east to the west, north to the south. These include Nag Bhat I, Suhal Dev, Raja Prithu, Mula Gabharu, Raja Narasimhadeva, Rani Velu Nacchiyar, Kuyili, Hemchandra Vikramaditya, Saraswathi Rajamani, Shivdevi Tomar, Alluri Sitarama Raju, Uda Devi, Mahabiri Devi, Matmur Jamoh, Paona Brajabasi, Pasaltha Khaungchera, Rani Roipulliani, and more warriors.

One of the chapters delves on Nag Bhat I, a Gurjar Pratihar king, who with an alliance of Chalukyas, Rashtrakutas, Guhils, and more forces decimated the combined Arab army led by Emir Junaid of Sind in 738 AD. In the words of Suleiman, an Arab chronicler, the Arab forces in this battle ‘were scattered like hay by the hoofs of the horses of the Gurjar king and his alliances’. Inscriptions about this great victory have been found at various places including Gwalior in Madhya Pradesh.

The book has described the valorous saga of many unknown warriors. Narasimhadeva I of Orissa defeated Tughan Khan, the Turkish Muslim Nawab of Bengal in 1244 CE. He was the first king of Orissa to give a strong defence against Muslim invasion during his reign. He was one of the greatest rulers of the imperial Ganga family, of the Eastern Ganga dynasty.

There is one tale of valor of Mula Gabharu, the wife of Ahom commander Phrasengmung Borgohain. She fought like Goddess Shakti in battlefield in 1533 CE against Mohammedan forces of the Bengal Sultanate commanded by Turbak Khan, an Afghan. Khan treacherously killed Phrasengmung Borgohain in battle. The death of the commander demoralized the Ahom forces. Mula Gabharu immediately set to action, marching towards the battlefield on a horse with a flashing sword in hand. She killed two Lieutenants of the enemy including several soldiers before attaining martyrdom in the battlefield. The Ahoms won this battle.

In one tale, the book describes how Kapaya Nayaka led a confederation of Telugu nobles to liberate the South Indian kingdom of Warangal from the Delhi Sultanate. Delhi was then under the Tughlaqs. He drove the Tughlaqs out of the Warangal territory in 1336.

The British established their supremacy in parts of the northeastern states after the Treaty of Yandaboo signed in 1826 with Burma. It was in the 1900s that the British moved inwards towards the hill regions of Arunachal Pradesh. There is a tale of valor of Matmur Jamoh and a group of Adi warriors from Pasighat, Arunachal Pradesh. They collectively killed two British officers and their attendants in 1911.

Then there is description of the valorous tale of Roipulliani, an 84 year old village chief from Mizoram. The book describes how she defended her people from British aggression. Roipulliani never paid any tax to the British nor gave in to any of their demands. The following was her declaration, which she followed till the end of her rule: “My subjects and I have never paid any tax to anyone, neither have we done any forced labor. We are the owners of this land. We must evict and chase out any and everyone who is an alien.”

Today, India is a youthful country with almost 50% of her population below the age of 25. It needs role models to inspire and motivate. This book therefore fulfills a very great need of our times. I commend the authors for this pioneering effort.

—Maj Gen (Dr.) GD Bakshi


Indian History text books hardly glorify the real warriors of the soil. Select few warriors find a place in the text books. We grow up reading more about the glories of invaders rather than the brave feats of our ancestors from the east to west, north to south. When our history books blank several great heroes and heroines and glorify a select few, and when we read only about defeats and no resistance by our ancestors, we end up deviating ourselves from a sense of belongingness for the nation. We do not know about our own historical roots. History needs to be retold. Our objective behind writing this book is presenting to the citizens of the country and the world about the brave exploits of our warriors from the last 1300 plus years.

In this context, my husband Yogaditya Singh Rawal, co-author of this book says, “History, especially Military History being my favorite subject, I was often left wondering: were we always defeated? Were we on the losing side always? So I started reading whatever I could find anywhere beyond the NCERT books. I, like countless others, was influenced much by the defeats and routs. Such portrayal creates a feeling that we were inferior to the invaders, thus sowing the seeds of inferiority complex. This happens to such an extent that one robotically tends to think that all that is from foreign lands is better than what we have here.”

Rawal further says, “Let us trace the path of finding and knowing about the battles which we have never read before, about heroes we never knew existed. Let us read about the stratagems, the pure valor and strength of our brave warriors who decimated the invaders.”

There are 52 tales of Indian valor in this book. Many of these warriors are unheard of. Few names are Matmur Jamoh, Pasaltha Khaungchera, Kapaya Nayaka, Alluri Sitarama Raju, Kaneganti Hanumanthu, Narasimhadeva, Roipulliani, Suhaldev, Rana Hammir Singh, Rani Velu Nacchiyar, Chain Singh, Kuyili, Avantibai, Suhungmung, Mula Gabharu, Kanhoji Angre, Naiki Devi. All of these warriors put up a brave resistance against Muslim rulers and British supremacy. Few of these warriors won battles against Mughals, Turks, Lodhis, and the Sultanate.

A friend Govind Raj, a doctor from Kochi, Kerala says, “We Indians are the most shameless, pride-less and gutless people with extreme deficiency of self respect. A community, a state or a nation that does not respect its history will never be taken seriously and will remain a third world country forever. We are utterly careless about our icons while we get insanely jingoistic about as trivial a thing as a Cricket match victory over Bangladesh. That is why we find it tough to find respect among ourselves and in the world community. When our history books blank several great heroes and glorify a select few, we as a nation become a joke.”

There are hundreds and thousands of unsung warriors from the east to west, north to south, who put up a brave resistance against Muslim rulers in battle and against British oppression. They don’t find a place in history text books. Hence the citizens of India do not get to read or know about the brave exploits of their own ancestors! When citizens of a nation are inspired by the exploits of warriors from the past, patriotism robotically evolves. This spirit is lacking in India. Because real history still remains hidden.

Tamal Sanyal, a friend from Varanasi, says, “The Nation which forgets its Heroes, is soon doomed, because it is their deeds only, which inspires the youth towards true patriotism and only true patriotism can inspire sacrifice and sacrifice is necessary for a Nation's survival. So it’s necessary to see what kind of narrative we build - a true narrative, which demands only dedication and sacrifice or a rosy narrative which will surely ensure re-enslavement of the nation.”

This book is an effort to bring to you the brave feats of our ancestors — those tales of valor, which we should feel proud of.

My Rakhi brother, Anjan Mitra Da says, “History is the strength and source of knowledge for a nation. The next generation when aware of it can know and avoid past mistakes. When that is doctored in a meticulous way, the fundamental fabric of the nation is torn apart.”

A rich heritage and culture identifies India. Let’s bask in the glory, the valor of our ancestors.

—Manoshi Sinha Rawal


Foreword Preface


1. Rampyari Gurjar: How 40,000 Women Led by Rampyari Gurjar Attacked Taimur and His Forces

2. Prithu: Assam King Who Badly Defeated Bakhtiyar Khilji in 1206 CE

3. Saraswathi Rajamani: Youngest Spy to Work for Netaji Bose’s INA

4. Jhalkaribai: Rani Laxmibai’s Lookalike Who Defended Jhansi against British in 1857-58

5. Bajiprabhu Deshpande: Led 300 Soldiers against 12000 Adilshahi Army, Defending Shivaji

6. Karnavati: Garhwal Queen who Defeated Mughal Army in 1640; Cut Noses of Surviving Invaders

7. Rana Sanga: Fiercely Defeated Delhi Sultan in Khatoli Battle

8. Battle of Haldighati: Who Won? Rana Pratap or Akbar? The Real Story!

9. Tonkham Borpatra Gohain: Ahom General Who Defeated and Killed Afghan Turbak Khan in 1533 CE

10. Veer Savarkar: Active Role in Assassination of British Officials; Voiced ‘Hindutva’

11. Chennamma: Rani of Keladi Who Fought Bravely against Mughals and Gave Shelter to Shivaji’s Son

12. Kuyili: First Human Bomb of India against British

13. Unknown Hindu Yogi: How He Shot Dead a British Captain in Front of British Army in 1857!

14. Gurjars in Freedom Movement in 1824: 100s of Gurjars Martyred and 100s Hung in Single Tree

15. Naiki Devi: Gujarat Chalukyan Queen Who Defeated Mohammad Ghori in 1178 Battle

16. Tarabai Bhosale: Maratha Queen Who Successfully Led War against Aurangzeb’s Forces

17. Baji Rout: Freedom Fighter Martyred at 12 Years

18. Tirot Sing: Guerrilla Terror to British from 1829 to 1833

19. The Bishnois: 15th Century Legacy of Vaishnava Theology and Ecology Conservation

20. Kanaklata Barua: Freedom Fighter Martyred at 17 for Holding High the National Flag

21. Uda Devi: Killed 32 British Soldiers in Sikandar Bagh in 1857

22. Roipulliani: 84 Year Old Mizoram Village Chief Who Defended her People from British Aggression

23. Kartar Singh Sarabha: Sikh Freedom Fighter Martyred at 19; Bhagat Singh Regarded Him as Guru

24. Bhagat Singh, Rajguru, and Sukhdev: What You Must Know

25. Chandrashekhar Azad: The Journey for 'Swatantrata'

26. Khudiram Bose: An Orphan at 7 to Hanging by British at Age 18

27. Paona Brajabashi: Fearless Manipur General Who Led Fierce Battle against British in 1891

28. Shivdevi Tomar: Killed 17 British Soldiers in 1857

29. Veerapandiya Kattabomman: Tamil Nadu Chieftain Who Defeated British Twice; Hanged at 39

30. Kanhoji Angre: 18th Century Maratha Navy Admiral Who Was Never Defeated by European Forces

31. Pasaltha Khuangchera And Brave Warriors of Mizoram Who Fought against Britishers

32. Lakshmi Bai: Motherless at 4 to Battlefield Warrior Against British Forces and Martyrdom at 30

33. Hemchandra Vikramaditya: From a Vegetable Seller to the Last Hindu Ruler of Delhi

34. Alluri Sitarama Raju: Killed Several British Officers and Martyred at 26

35. Rana Hammir Singh: Regained Mewar from Delhi Sultanate and Rajputana from Tughlaqs

36. Kakatiyas and Kapaya Nayaka: Telugu Chieftain Who Reconquered Warangal from Delhi Sultanate

37. Matmur Jamoh: Arunachal Pradesh Freedom Fighter Who Killed British Officer; Jailed at Kalapani

38. Kalyan Singh Gurjar: Terrorized the British by Killing Many Britishers in 1822-24

39. Sambhudhan Phonglo: Dimasa Freedom Fighter Who Raised an Army for War against British

40. Banda Singh: Sikh General Who Led 5 Battles to Victory against Mughals and Established Supremacy in Punjab

41. Mula Gabharu: Ahom Warrior Who Killed Two Lieutenants of Muslim Army in 1533 Battle

42. Chain Singh: 24 Year Old Rajput Who Led an Army of 50 against Huge British Force in 1824

43. Kaneganti Hanumanthu: Revolted Against British Tax Policy Imposed on Farmers; Martyred at 30

44. Avantibai: Ramgarh Rani who Won 1st Battle against British and Martyred in 2nd at 27 Years

45. Mahabiri Devi: How Mahabiri Devi and 22 Village Women Killed Many British Soldiers in 1857

46. Suhaldev: Shravasti Raja who Defeated and Killed Ghaznavid General Salar Masud in 1034 CE

47. Durgadas Rathore: Protected Jodhpur Prince from Aurangzeb and Kept Marwar Flag Flying High

48. Prataprao Gurjar: Defeat of Mughal Army in Salher Battle and Encounter with Bahalol Khan

49. Narasimhadeva: Orissa King Who Defeated Turkic Afghan Tughan Khan in 1244 CE

50. Benoy Badal Dinesh: Bengal Freedom Fighters who Killed Col NS Simpson, British IG of Police

51. Nag Bhat I: This Gurjar Pratihar King Badly Defeated Arab Forces

52. Santi Ghosh and Suniti Choudhury: How the Two Teenage Freedom Fighters Assassinated British Magistrate

53. Bibliography