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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 New Hindutva (Violent) Forces
The new hindutva (violent) forces

The rise of the new and violent forces of Hindutva should not be a matter of great surprise to anyone, since violence is not alien to the RSS. Any organization as controversial as the RSS could not have survived and grown without the use of it. The question I would like to address, especially in connection to the Malegaon incident, is whether violence is constitutionally embedded in the minds of the RSS men, resulting in automatic, uncalled for outbursts.

Malegaon, like Godhra, as we have already discussed, is an old story now. Yet, a complex web appears to be spun around the RSS ever since the incident. The most recent instance of this web becoming more intricate ...

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