Many contemporary intellectuals are seized with the issue of communalism that seems to be growing in the country, and they draw on their disciplines to find some answers... or at least, explanations. The JNU historians Aditya Mukherjee, Mridula Mukherjee and Sucheta Mahajan have a new book out with Sage, RSS, School Texts and the Murder of Mahatma Gandhi which "undertakes the novel experiment of juxtaposing three apparently quite different issues, the nature of the RSS school textbooks, the murder of the Mahatma and the basic ideology of Savarkar and Golwalkar. While deeply delving into all three aspects, it brings out the deep connection between them.
The book, which brings out the basic ideological underpinnings of the Hindu Communal Project, is divided into three parts. Part I discusses how this ideology is propagated among young impressionable minds through school textbooks. Part II studies the role of the Sangh combine in the murder of Mahatma Gandhi and Part III analyses the basic elements of the Hindu communal ideology, as propounded by some of its founders like Savarkar and Golwalkar.
The book brings home to us in a dramatic manner the great threat communalism poses to our society."