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 8: Road to Political Power and Its Aftermath
Road to Political Power and Its Aftermath
Power Comes Too Late
The BJP came to power nearly 16 years after the Janata Raj. Atal Behari Vajpayee was in his 70s at that time. The RSS had already carried the burden of its work for 71 years—those at the helm of affairs had aged and tired, physically and mentally. This was not the only problem, however. Age brings out certain tendencies in people, that of dwelling in the past, of expressing oneself in a set manner and revelling in the same, of losing one's grip on logic. With age, one becomes slow to react to important issues—nor is one capable of having a reaction startling enough to make an impact. We ...