I am revolutionary first and everything else afterwards, Har Dayal had once said. It sums up the man. He had one thought, one passion: overthrowing British rule in India. A man with extraordinary qualities of mind, he inspired a whole generation of Indians. Har Dayal: The Great Revolutionary highlights the absolute devotion and immense sacrifice of a man who lived most of his life in exile outside India, founded the Ghadar Party in the USA, and inspired and chanelled men and arms to start a second revolt in India. Although the literature on our first-line national leaders is vast, there is little written about our pioneer nationalists, particularly the extremists who took the risks, threw the bombs, and created mass awareness. Har Dayal: The Great Revolutionary fills in these lacunae with style, clarity, and extensive detail.
E. Jaiwant Paul is a man of varied interests, having authored five other books: By My Sword and Shield: Traditional Weapons of the Indian Warrior, Baji Rao: The Warrior Peshwa, Har Dayal: The Great Revolutionary, Rani of Jhansi: Lakshmi Bai, and Unforgettable Maharajas. A hardcore corporate, he initially worked for Hindustan Lever and was later a director of Brook Bond India for several years. Thereafter, he headed the National Mineral Water Company in Muscat. Apart from collecting weapons, he is a keen cricketer and tennis player. His lifelong interest in arms and armour springs from the fact that his father as well as his grandfather served in the Princely States, where swords and daggers were part of everyday attire. He lives in Delhi and serves as a director of a few companies.