M.S. Golwalkar, the RSS and India

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Author: Jyotirmaya Sharma

9789388689489 | Paperback | pp. 144 | 2019 | Westland Context

Focusing on the arguments delineated in the writings and speeches of Golwalkar, Jyotirmaya Sharma questions the assumptions upon which the ideologues and champions of Hindutva seek to establish a Hindu nation in India.

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Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar (1906-73) was the second sarsanghachalak or supreme guide of the Hindu nationalist Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), a position he held for thirty-three years. Though he was not its founder, he cast the organization in his own image, and remains to this day the most influential ideologue not only of the RSS but also of all the organizations ‘inspired’ by it — including the BJP, which led the country’s ruling coalition from 1999 to 2004, and has been ruling the country since 2014.

Focusing on the arguments delineated in the writings and speeches of Golwalkar, Jyotirmaya Sharma questions the assumptions upon which the ideologues and champions of Hindutva seek to establish a Hindu nation in India. As it highlights how much these arguments derive from eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Indologists, and how closely they parallel Fascist ideology, the book unravels the confusion, intolerance and intellectual deficit that has gone into Hindu nationalist thinking. It comes to the conclusion that the politics of Hindu nationalism feeds on a dangerous concept of the nation state and a misunderstanding of the very idea of what Hinduism is and who a Hindu is. In doing so, the book also provides an opportunity to engage with the politics of Hindutva and its various manifestations in the contemporary political scenario.

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Author:

Jyotirmaya Sharma

ISBN:

9789388689489

Binding:

Paperback

Pages:

144

Year of Publication:

2019

Publisher:

Westland Context

Edition:

First

Condition:

New

About the Author

Jyotirmaya Sharma is professor of political science at the University of Hyderabad, India. His recent publications include, Cosmic Love and Human Apathy: Swami Vivekananda and the Restatement of Religion, HaperCollins, New Delhi, 2013, A Restatement of Religion: Swami Vivekananda and the Making of Hindu Nationalism, Yale University Press, New Haven & London, 2013, Hindutva: Exploring the Idea of Hindu Nationalism (HarperCollins, 2015); this book has been translated in Indian languages) and Terrifying Vision: M.S. Golwalkar, the RSS and India (Penguin/Viking, 2007; this book has been translated into Malayalam). An edited volume titled Grounding Morality: Freedom, Knowledge and the Plurality of Cultures (co-edited with A. Raghuramaraju) was published by Routledge (2010). He has been a fellow of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies and the Indian Institute of Advanced Study, and has lectured at the universities of Baroda, Hull, Oxford, and the St. Stephens College, Delhi. He was visiting professor in democratic theory at the South Asia Institute at Ruprecht-Karls University at Heidelberg in 2005. The International House, Japan, awarded him the Asia Leadership Fellow Programme fellowship for 2008. Sharma also held senior editorial positions at the Times of India and The Hindu between 1998-2006, and continues to write columns for Hindustan Times and Outlook.

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