Get Your Free Audiobook

Listen with Audible free trial

₹199.00/month

1 credit a month to use on any title to download and keep
Listen to anything from the Plus Catalogue—thousands of Audible Originals, podcasts and audiobooks
Download titles to your library and listen offline
₹199 per month after 30-day trial. Cancel anytime.
Buy Now for ₹879.00

Buy Now for ₹879.00

Pay using card ending in
By confirming your purchase, you agree to Audible's Conditions of Use and Amazon's Privacy Notice.

Publisher's Summary

The RSS is the most influential cultural organization in India today, with affiliates in fields as varied as politics, education, and trade. This audiobook fundamentally addresses three key questions: Why has the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its affiliates expanded so rapidly over the past 25 years? How have they evolved in response to India's new socioeconomic milieu? How does their rapid growth impact the country's politics and policy?

©2019 Damle Andersen (P)2019 Random House Audio

What listeners say about RSS: A View to the Inside

Average Customer Ratings
Overall
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    21
  • 4 Stars
    14
  • 3 Stars
    5
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Performance
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    15
  • 4 Stars
    11
  • 3 Stars
    6
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1
Story
  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    13
  • 4 Stars
    12
  • 3 Stars
    7
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Reviews - Please select the tabs below to change the source of reviews.

Sort by:
Filter by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Insightful

Very informative and insightful. Came to know many facts about RSS which were not known to me.

2 people found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Good book to know about RSS and VHP

I never had an idea about the rss , but some what on vhp. RSS has totally different goals than vhp. it is trying to integrate India. but the problem is what is spoken in the book is different from the real world.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

Astute study

RSS a 95 year old organisation holding relevance even more so in modern india. This book is a must read for all RSS followers and specially its critics. The book succinctly outlines the spectrum of ideology and activities of RSS family of organisations. Congratulations and thank you to the authors.

1 person found this helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars

An insightful & thorough inside view into RSS

The book does an amazing job of splitting open the often poorly understood RSS, going into the inspiration and ideologies that govern the organisation, its structure, its relationship to its various affiliates, its history and its stand on various social and political issues.

The authors have used several anecdotes from the RSS history and legendarium to draw sharp insights. Relying on a variety of clear sources, the subject matter is given an objective treatment, with very little political commentary or overtones. To be clear, what this book is not, is a condonement or indictment of the RSS or their activities and it does not try to either.

Anyone trying to make any sense of the current political climate that we live must definitely listen to this, irrespective of their own political inclinations.

The one big drawback of this audio book is the narration. There is a slight robotic tone to it, which can be jarring. However, the critical problem with the narration is the often misplaced pauses and pacing, which throws off the listener and sometimes results in a misunderstanding of the point being made.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    3 out of 5 stars

The Tamil Nadu experience of the Sangha Parivar

This work does not even mention the Sangha Parivar attempts to gain Tamil Nadu by aligning with Jayalalitha, creating Coimbatore Riots and winning Parliamentary Seat. Similarly it does not analyse and present the communal riots it created eso. Gujarat Riots or Bombay Riots by Shiv Sena when the Sena worked as the right wing of the Parivar. Thus the book effectively swept the dirt to be under the Carpet and white wash the stains. Neverthless it is worth studying by even by Leftists.

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A good book as a primer on RSS

Book is more of an essay, and written well to explain RSS philosophy, ways of working, evolution with changing times, organization etc and it's spread within Indian society and how it helps influence governments (or politics) in overt or covert ways. The thought leadership and its uncanny ability to mediate on tricky issues all speak volumes of its trained and disciplined cadre. Sumit has done a reasonably good job of narrating in an unbiased tone however, a few pronunciations could be better e.g. echelons, several south indian names etc. But overall it's well written and well paced.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

Impact of RSS on Indian discourse

It is almost an accurate insight into the role of RSS on Indian discourse with respect to politics, economics and culture of society. It is going to be the greatest force to be reckoned with.