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
Original Design of the RSS: An Analysis
Dr Hedgewar, the Founder of the RSS
A born burning patriot, Dr K.B. Hedgewar was a medical doctor by profession. He was a member of the anti-British revolutionary group, the Anusheelan Samiti, in Calcutta, where he received his degree. Over years he realised that it was beyond the common man to undertake revolutionary acts consistent enough to overthrow the British. Such acts would necessarily remain infrequent, so some other instrument would have to be developed to drive the British colonisers away from India. Despite this realisation, however, he helped revolutionaries across the country from his base in Nagpur for many years to come (Sinha 2003: 20–23). Furthermore, after returning to Nagpur, he involved ...