Editor | Politics
With the BJP in power at the Centre since 2014 there is growing interest in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, which is perceived as the power behind the throne. Is this true? How much does RSS influence the government of the day? How does it use this influence? Is policymaking in the government dependent on the diktats of the RSS or is the reverse correct? More importantly, what role did RSS Sarsanghchalak Mohan Bhagwat play in bringing the BJP and Narendra Modi to power? With the 2019 election not too far away, what is the critical thinking in the upper echelons of the Sangh? How does it propose to forge an alliance that will propel the saffron party to power again?
Mohan Bhagwat: Influencer-in-Chief (Published by Rupa, pages 240, Price Rs 500) looks incisively at the Sangh and its world view, its inner workings, and how it has molded the Indian mind-set. It also focuses on Mohan Bhagwat and examines what propels him to action to spread the influence of the Sangh across the nation.
Rich in its detail and insight, this is a must-read for those interested in contemporary India and its future direction.
About the author
Kingshuk Nag is among India’s leading political and business journalists, who has worked in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Hyderabad. Presently, the Editor of Finapolis, an e-weekly paper targeted at investors, Nag served for twenty-four years at The Times of India holding senior editorial positions. A prolific non-fiction writer, this is his eighth book. Nag’s earlier books include biographies of Narendra Modi, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Subhas Chandra Bose, the BJP, Vijay Mallya and the Kingfisher scam, Ramalinga Raju and the Satyam scam.