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.

The Future, If Any

The future, if any

The only sociopolitical body in India capable of reinventing itself today, albeit on a low scale of probability, is the RSS and its Parivar. Despite the mediocrity enshrined within the Parivar, they ‘may’ achieve the feat because of their enduring concern about this land, its people and its future. The Congress is unlikely, for at least another 50 years, to come out of its impotent dependence on dynastic rule. One fears that their hardened tendencies of Muslim appeasement and that of other non-Brahmin Hindu sections, at the cost of bringing about divisive effects within the society, will become stronger.

The RSS was ridiculed for wearing ‘perpetual blinkers’. That distinction should now pass on to the Leftists as well. Their ...

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