Over the last three decade Bharatiya Janata Party had a steady advancement from two Lok Sabha seats in 1984 to 282 in 2014, but the party came with twin effects- the burgeoning of fringe organizations such as the Sri Ram Sene, the Hindu Yuva Vahini, the Sanatan Sanstha and the Hindu Aikya Vedi.
The companions create trouble, polarize communites, and incite violence or even kill –but all in the name of Hindutva.
It is often fioound that very less insight has been thrown on these subsidiaries and their structure and their vision still remains vague.
How do they germinate? How do they work? How do they tap into local anxieties? Do they function as the shadow armies of the BJP? Do they supply it with foot soldiers?
The author seeks answers by investigating eight such organizations across India.
Jha engages with RSS pracharaks, Bajrang Dal activists, Sanatan Sanstha lawyers and high-ranking members of the Abhinav Bharat to offer a richly detailed account of their means and methods.