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 6: The BJP, the Parivar and Deoras: 1980–85
The BJP, the Parivar and Deoras: 1980–85
The Formation of the Bharatiya Jan Sangh1
The Bharatiya Jan Sangh (BJS) was formed after Gandhi's murder, out of the reality that the Congress had closed its doors to all RSS men. Thus the birth of the BJS was in the womb of untouchability. Had that not happened, the Congress as a bigger political force and the RSS as a social force facilitated by the government, becoming bigger day by day, would have drawn a different picture of the country. The BJP also took birth because the Socialists and others in the Janata government found the RSS untouchable.
Shyama Prasad Mukherjee was a pariah in the Hindu Mahasabha because he demanded that Muslims should ...