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 analyzes 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 organization'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 organization.
The author concludes with suggestions for a way forward for the RSS, wherein the lessons learned 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.
- Chapter 1: Original Design of the RSS: An Analysis
- Chapter 2: Political Ethnography of the RSS
- Chapter 3: Dominant Tendencies of the Golwalkar Era
- Chapter 4: Withdrawal, Return and Ascent of Deoras
- Chapter 5: The Emergency and Post-Emergency
- Chapter 6: The BJP, the Parivar and Deoras: 1980–85
- Chapter 7: Catapulting the Hindu to the Centre Stage
- Chapter 8: Road to Political Power and Its Aftermath
- Chapter 9: The Unipolar World and the RSS' Response
- Chapter 10: The Future, If Any
- Chapter 11: The New Hindutva (Violent) Forces