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The RSS: A Menace to India

 
A.G. Noorani (Author)
Synopsis

India is battling for its very soul.

The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) is the most powerful organisation in India today; complete with a private army of its own, unquestionably obeying its leader who functions on fascist lines on the Fuehrer principle. Two of its pracharaks (active preachers) have gone on to become prime ministers of India. In 1951 it set up a political front, the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, which merged into the Janata Party in 1977 only to walk out of it in 1980. In issue was its superior loyalty to its parent and mentor, the RSS; not the Janata Party. Within months of its defection, the Jana Sangh reemerged; not with the name under which it had functioned for nearly three decades, but as the Bharatiya Janata Party, deceptively to claim a respectable lineage.

The RSS is at war with India’s past. It belittles three of the greatest builders of the Indian State - Ashoka, the Buddhist; Akbar, the Muslim; and Nehru, a civilised Enlightened Hindu. It would wipe out centuries of achievement for which the world has acclaimed India and replace that with its own narrow, divisive ideology.

This book is a magisterial study of the RSS, from its formation in 1925 to the present day. With scrupulous and voluminous evidence, one of India’s leading constitutional experts and political analysts, A.G. Noorani, builds a watertight case to show how the RSS is much more than a threat to communal amity. It poses a wider challenge. It is a threat to democratic governance and, even worse, a menace to India. It threatens the very soul of India.

And yet, despite its reach and seemingly overwhelming political influence, the author shows that the RSS can be defeated. The soul of India can be rescued.

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About the author

A.G. Noorani

A.G. Noorani is Advocate, Supreme Court of India. He is a regular columnist in Hindustan Times, Frontline and Economic and Political Weekly. He is the author of The Muslims of India: A Documentary Record, 1947-2000 (2003), Islam and Jebad (2002), Savarkar and Hindutva: The Godse Connection (2002), The Tribal of Bhagat Singh: Politics of Justice (2001), The RSS and the BJP: A Division of Labour (2000), Constitutional Questions: The President, Parliament and the States (2000), and The Kashmir Question.

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Bibliographic information

Title The RSS: A Menace to India
Author A.G. Noorani
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.04.2019
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher LeftWord Books
Language: English
isbn 9788193466681
length 547p.