About the Book
The most comprehensive documentation on the RSS
With a vision to make India a Hindu nation, Dr Hedgewar founded the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1925. The idea of Hindutva was fired up by his passion for nationalism. In the last ninety-six years, the RSS has grown into one of world’s largest voluntary cadet organisations in which ideology is paramount, not the leader. Today the Sangh runs 1.7 lac projects and over 60,000 shakhas across the country. But to attempt to understand RSS purely through its shakhas would be similar to gauging just one side of the proverbial elephant as described in the Panchtantra.
The RSS is like the phoenix. Banned thrice by the ruling government—over Mahatma Gandhi’s assassination, during the Emergency and after the Babri Masjid demolition—it not only resurrected itself, but also widened its sphere of influence each time and impacted not just politics but the country’s socio-cultural landscape as well. Sangh is not only the life force behind the current ruling government, it is the authority that defines nationalism in India today. This colossus is about to finish 100 years of its existence soon, and the question that seasoned journalist Vijai Trivedi poses to us is how much and in what ways will Sangh adapt to grow and stay relevant as one of India’s oldest institutions.
Having covered Indian politics, the BJP and RSS for decades, Vijai Trivedi has interesting insights to share into the landmark events in India’s politics and important milestones in the evolution of the RSS. The book is filled with unknown anecdotes, for instance the reasons why Deoras stayed away from RSS for seven years or the interesting events that had transpired before Golwalkar took office as the second chief of RSS.
About the Author
Vijai Trivedi is among India’s best known and most successful television anchors and journalists. Well regarded for his political, incisive and no-holds-barred reporting and interviewing that has made many a politician shift in their seats, he has won several awards. He has held senior editorial positions at Navbharat Times, Rajasthan Patrika, News Nation, NDTV and Sahara Samay. He is the author of the acclaimed biography of India’s first BJP prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Haar Nahi Manoonga: Ek Atal Jeevan Gatha, Yada Yada Hi Yogi and BJP: Kal Aaj Aur Kal. All of these books have consistently featured on the Nielsen-Jagaran Bestseller Charts.
|Title:||Sangham Sharanam Gachhami: Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh Ke Itihaas Ka Ek Imandaar Dastavej (Hindi)|
|Number Of Pages:||456 pages|
|Place of Publication:||India|
|Reading age :||18 years and up|
|Release date:||4 September 2023|