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Conflict Resolution: The RSS Way

by   Ratan Sharda (Author),   Yashwant Pathak (Author)  
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This book focusses on how RSS performed, thought, prevented and held on to its own amid heavy odds and hostility in three major theatres of conflict in modern Indian history, specifically, post-independence.

In nearly a century of its existence, the RSS has been an object of unwarranted criticism from several quarters for reasons that cannot be called cogent or well-founded. Also, there has been a mystique about it among the common people—whether it is a pillar of Hindu unity, a socio-cultural organisation working on nation building, a well-oiled organisation giving way to the largest party in any democracy and much more. It has faced bans from its detractors, and criticism—often from the people it is supposed to be working for.

This book, through the study of resolutions of the RSS, has filled the gap in the RSS history; indeed, in the history of contemporary India. It focusses on how RSS performed, thought, prevented and held on to its own amid heavy odds and hostility in three major theatres of conflict in the modern Indian history, specifically, post-independence. These are: Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab and Northeastern Region. The work was part of a PhD thesis on the subject.

“The authors have masterfully illuminated the stand that the Sangh has taken on important issues of national security and integrity, which are central to its beliefs, in the wake of the insurgency in states such as Kashmir, Punjab and the Northeast. A must-read scholarly intervention,” - Vikram Sampath, Author, Savarkar: Echoes from a Forgotten Past (1883-1924)

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ISBN 13 9781942426868
Book Language English
Binding Paperback
Total Pages 498
Edition 2021
Publishers Garuda Prakashan  
Category Non-Fiction   Political Parties   Politics   Indian History   Religion   Motivational   Offers  
Weight 450.00 g
Dimension 15.00 x 23.00 x 3.00

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Great insights on RSS' nationalism

The best part about the book is that it gives factual insights on RSS' far-sighted hard work on the ground in the high conflict zones of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Assam or the entire North-east region. The book methodically exposes the anti-India forces. It arouses awe to read how scores of RSS cadre left the comforts of their homes, toiled in bleak circumstances and risked their lives for the future and integrity of India. It was interesting to read that 15,028 names of God appear in the Sikh Adi Granth, out of which Hari occurs 8,000 times, Rama 2,533 times, and Wahe Guru 16 times. This and many other examples showcase the synthesis of Sikhism with the Hindu religion. All in all a very good read for everyone who want to know about the recent history of India!
Review by - gaurang Damani, January 05, 2022
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Foreword It has been my distinct pleasure to know both Dr Ratan Sharda and Dr Yashwant Pathak for several decades and I have admired their work. Dr Pathak and I have collaborated on many projects. Thus, I was keen to read this manuscript, especially because I am one of the Punjabis displaced when India was partitioned in 1947, and have also closely followed the developments in the other insurgencies the book covers. I found that Conflict Resolution–The RSS Way is not only insightful and penetrating but it brings to light facts and their implications generally missing in the available literature. The book is based on Dr Ratan Sharda’s PhD dissertation at the Hindu University of America. Sharda is a widely respected author, among whose publications are six books on the RSS. His co-author, Dr Yashwant Pathak, is an equally recognised scholar and author, who worked for six years in Northeast India and was among the founders of the Research Institute of World’s Ancient Traditions, Cultures and Heritage, with its primary office in Arunachal Pradesh. They have presented a detailed and thorough account of the complexity and intricacy of these conflicts, the actors involved, and the nuances missed by earlier writers. Historians will surely record the visionary leadership of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) founder, Dr Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, and his successor, MS Golwalkar (Guru Ji), and the profound impact of the RSS led by them in shaping India’s social, cultural, and political landscape. This book introduces the reader to the indispensable role the RSS played in correctly diagnosing the roots of three domestic insurgencies in post- independence India–Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, and the Northeast– and deploying optimal strategy and tactics to combat the separatist elements bent upon what Rajiv Malhotra calls “Breaking India;” it perfectly captures the RSS contribution. The questions p
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