In the politics of the Indian subcontinent, the principle of Hindu majoritarianism has roots in the early twentieth century. The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS, or National Volunteer Corps), founded in 1925, is now the leading disseminator of the most virulent and exclusionist version of the Hindutva doctrine; its strategy of establishing affiliated groups has ensured the spread of its political message to all areas of civil society. To investigate how the movement reaches out to women, I focus on the Rashtra Sevika Samiti all-women’s affiliate, its institutional structure and discourse of the feminine which enables women to identify with and support the Hindutva agenda. Read More
Rashtra Sevika Samiti, started in 1936 in Wardha by Va. Lakshmi bai Kelkar (Mousiji), is an All India Women Organisation with a Goal to re-establish the Vibrant Hindu Rashtra through the tool Shakha. Read More...
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