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Lost Years of the RSS
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Lost Years of the RSS

First Edition
  • Sanjeev Kelkar - Ex-Medical Director, Novo Nordisk Education Foundation
Critical Acclaim


May 2011 | 392 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Lost Years of the RSS is a historical analysis of the events that have shaped the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in its 85 years of existence. Written from an insider's perspective, this in-depth work critically analyses the major turning points in the history of RSS from the viewpoint of both a follower and an opponent, while digging deep into its socio-political history.

Beginning with the political ethnography of the RSS, the book charts the organisation's growth over time-from the Partition, the first ban, the Golwalkar and Deoras periods, the demolition of Babri Masjid, to the present, when the original principles of the Sangh have been forgotten, leading to the current decadence within the organisation.

The author concludes with suggestions for a way forward for the RSS, wherein the lessons learnt from the past can be put to use and the original values can be reinstated. At the heart of the book is the author's implicit desire to contradict the current media representations of the Sangh and portray the RSS as what it was actually meant to be.

 
Foreword Kumar Ketkar
 
Introduction
Original Design of the RSS: An Analysis

 
Political Ethnography of the RSS

 
Other Dominant Tendencies of the Golwalkar Era

 
Withdrawal, Return and Ascent of Deoras

 
The Emergency and Post-Emergency

 
The BJP, the Parivar and Deoras: 1980-85

 
Catapulting the Hindu to the Centre Stage

 
Road to Political Power and Its Aftermath

 
The Unipolar World and the RSS' Response

 
The Future, If Any

 
 
The New Hindutva (Violent) Forces
Epilogue: The Problem of Ideologies

 
 
Postscript: Ayodhya Judgement and Bihar Assembly Elections
 
Appendices
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

Whatever the future, given the RSS’ multi-layered history, this was a story waiting to be told. Mr Kelkar’s intention may be to analyse the history of the RSS as a believer as well as an opponent. But objectivism is easier said than achieved. In Mr Kelkar’s case, the opponent’s viewpoint resembles that of a mother, bitterly disappointed in her child but unrelenting in her support and affection nonetheless. So expect a historical account of a “misunderstood” organization and a loyalist’s take on the way forward.

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