Book cover of Republic of Hindutva: How the Sangh is Reshaping Indian Democracy
In 1987, when former US State Department official Walter Andersen co-authored a seminal book with Shridhar Damle titled The Brotherhood in Saffron, few practitioners of Indian politics and its analyses gave much thought to the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliates. The book stood apart from hagiographic biographies and all-endorsing essays written by either “insiders” or people within the Hindu nationalistic ecosystem. During those year, non-supporters viewed the RSS with suspicion for its leaders’ alleged role in Mahatma Gandhi's assassination or whenever inquisitions were conducted after communal riots, a regular feature of Indian politics.
Over the years, the RSS and its affiliates, including the Bharatiya Janata Party, gained in socio-political acceptability and have since 2014 acquired a near stranglehold
First Published: Jun 01 2021 | 11:32 PM IST