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 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.
|Original Design of the RSS: An Analysis|
|Political Ethnography of the RSS|
|Other Dominant Tendencies of the Golwalkar Era|
|Withdrawal, Return and Ascent of Deoras|
|The Emergency and Post-Emergency|
|The BJP, the Parivar and Deoras: 1980-85|
|Catapulting the Hindu to the Centre Stage|
|Road to Political Power and Its Aftermath|
|The Unipolar World and the RSS' Response|
|The Future, If Any|
|Epilogue: The Problem of Ideologies|