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Reflecting on M.S. Golwalkar’s Legacy



  Feb 20, 2024

Reflecting on M.S. Golwalkar’s Legacy



Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

1. Who was M.S. Golwalkar and what was his role in the RSS?

M.S. Golwalkar, often referred to as ‘Guruji’, was the second Sarsanghchalak (chief) of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), serving from 1940 until his death in 1973. He is known for solidifying the ideological foundations of the RSS and expanding its institutional strength post-independence.

2. What is ‘Bunch of Thoughts’ and why is it significant?

‘Bunch of Thoughts’ is a book authored by M.S. Golwalkar that outlines his perspectives on nationalism and the concept of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’. It is considered a foundational text for those who believe in the ideology of Hindutva, akin to the importance of religious texts like the Bible and Quran for their respective followers.

3. What was Golwalkar’s view on India’s national identity?

Golwalkar’s view of India’s national identity was closely tied to Hindu culture and values. He saw India as a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ and believed that its governance should be rooted in Hindu dharma, encompassing enlightened nationalism and tolerance of diversity.

4. How did Golwalkar’s ideas influence contemporary Indian politics?

Golwalkar’s ideas have significantly influenced contemporary Indian politics, particularly the ideology of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is an offshoot of the RSS. His vision of a ‘Hindu Rashtra’ continues to be a subject of debate and political discourse in India.


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