"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 analyses the major turning points in the history of RSS from the viewpoint of both a follower and an opponent, while digging deep into its sociopolitical history.
Beginning with the political ethnography of the RSS, the book charts the organisation’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 organisation.
The author concludes with suggestions for a way forward for the RSS, wherein the lessons learnt from the past can be put to use and the original values 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."