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RSS, School Texts and the Murder of Mahatma Gandhi

The Hindu Communal Project

by sacw.net, 6 November 2008

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by
- Aditya Mukherjee (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
- Mridula Mukherjee (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)
- Sucheta Mahajan (Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi)

Published : June 2008
- Pages : 120
- Size : Crown Octavo: 5" x 7.5"
- Imprint : SAGE India
- India, Nepal, Bhutan (INR) Rs 195
- Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives (USD) $ 5
- ISBN 9788178298542

RSS, School Texts and the Murder of Mahatma Gandhi undertakes the novel experiment of juxtaposing three apparently quite different issues, the nature of the RSS school textbooks, the murder of the Mahatma and the basic ideology of Savarkar and Golwalkar. While deeply delving into all three aspects, it brings out the deep connection between them.

The book, which brings out the basic ideological underpinnings of the Hindu Communal Project, is divided into three parts. Part I discusses how this ideology is propagated among young impressionable minds through school textbooks. Part II studies the role of the Sangh combine in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi and Part III analyses the basic elements of the Hindu communal ideology, as propounded by some of its founders like Savarkar and Golwalkar.

The book brings home to us in a dramatic manner the great threat communalism poses to our society, thus making it a must-read for the general educated reader, including politicians, political workers, social activists and journalists.

Table of Contents

Foreword by BIPIN CHANDRA
- I: RSS AND SCHOOL EDUCATION
- II: THE LONG SHADOW OF GANDHIJI`S ASSASSINATION
- Conspiracy to Murder Gandhiji
- Context of Gandhiji`s Murder
- Threat to Nature of Indian State
- No Regret for Gandhiji`s murder
- III: IDEOLOGICAL UNDERPINNINGS OF THE HINDU COMMUNAL PROJECT
- Attitude towards Non-Hindus
- Anti-Muslim Bias
- Anti-Congress and Anti-Gandhi Stance
- Hindu Communal (re)Definition of Indian Nationalism and their own Loyalism
- Bibliography
- Index