RSS 360 - Demystifying Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh
Publisher: Bloomsbury India
Founded in 1925, banned three times by the governments of independent India but with a widespread network of thousands of local branches and millions of volunteers, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh's (RSS) presence and influence is formidable. However, it has long been acknowledged that the best way to know the RSS is to join it. Perhaps, this is why there is very little literature on how it functions. As a senior member who has managed various responsibilities in the RSS over the years, Ratan Sharda reveals the supposedly secret world of this volunteer organisation. He presents a comprehensive view of the Sangh's philosophy, its workings and its humungous reach through various organisations inspired by it across India in a simple and easy-flowing manner, sprinkled with interesting anecdotes.
With an insider's knowledge of the philosophy, organisational structure and working of this huge cadre-based organisation, RSS 360º is a compelling read, attempting to lift the alleged veil of secrecy that shrouds the organisation.