Of late, political compulsions have made Left and so-called secular parties run malicious propaganda about RSS’s role in independence struggle and malign its sterling record of public service. This book tells us that RSS was wedded to the cause of Swaraj since its inception. Dr. Hedgewar’s life and actions and the oath that swayamsevaks took clearly showed the commitment to freedom struggle. To convert this freedom into Swaraj, India required disciplined and brave spirited young men who would be dedicated to the national cause. British records clearly show that they were vary of RSS using its growing clout for independence struggle.
Movement for freedom did not end with ‘Tryst with Destiny’ on 15th August, 1947. There were endless dark nights in this twilight period, when RSS workers were the biggest organised force apart from security forces who put their lives to risk to salvage whatever they could, of destroyed lives of millions. It is for people of India and history to judge whether these acts of bravery were patriotic or communal. The author highlights other factors that led to our Independence and underlines that it was not result of any one agitation or action but rose slowly over a wave that had built up on the back of cultural renaissance triggered by great spiritual leaders of Bharat.
Preface —Pgs. 9
Prologue – Scanned handwritten document listing RSS swayamsevaks and other leading Hindu and Sikhs killed in Amritsar during 1946-47 —Pgs. 15-21
Dr. Hedgewar – A Patriot and a Freedom Fighter —Pgs. 23
Shri Guruji – A Leader Who Worked Silently —Pgs. 39
15th August 1947 Did Not Herald Independence for All the Indians —Pgs. 54
Political Envy and Partisanship Leads to Targeting of RSS —Pgs. 82
Conclusion —Pgs. 97
References —Pgs. 104
Ratan Sharda has been an RSS member since his childhood and has worked closely with many of the major RSS affiliated organisations as a senior activist.
An Arts graduate from St. Xavier’s College and Post Graduate from Mumbai University, he has received Doctorate of Philosophy from Hindu University of America, Orlando on ‘Understanding RSS through its Resolutions-Focus on North East, Jammu & Kashmir and Punjab.’
His book ‘RSS360°-Demystifying Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’ is considered the best introduction to RSS now. He has written 'Prof Rajendra Singh ki Jeevan Yatra' in Hindi and 'Memoirs of a Global Hindu' about RSS inspired work outside India. He has translated two major works of Shri Ranga Hari
on Shri Guruji, the second Sarsanghchaalak of RSS. Ratan Sharda has mentored many budding writers. He is freelance columnist on various news portals and Organiser weekly, and a well known face on many English and Hindi channels as a senior political analyst.