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 5: The Emergency and Post-Emergency
The Emergency and Post-Emergency
The Emergency as a Boon
The Emergency was one of the few good events in the 60-year-old life of independent India, comparable only to the processes of liberalisation in 1992, whatever the antecedents of both. Europe faced two holocausts, the USSR and China inflicted great misery upon its people—India, in comparison, did not suffer anything worse than unending, uninterrupted poverty and unemployment, lowly levels at which life was somehow led and completed. The infamous Emergency was independent India's first experience of suppression of freedom, of fear of the state apparatus and a sense of impotence against the ruler and the oppression being meted out, involving the entire nation across all the layers. People required such an insult to be ...