Sanghi Who Never Went to a Shakha: A Book Review

I am fifty and still have a teenagers craze for Cricket. But I forgot there was a crucial India vs England Cricket match on 20 March 2021. Only an extraordinary book can keep me away from live Cricket involving India. Rahul Roushan’s “Sanghi Who Never Went to a Shakha” is that book. An absolute classic that tells the story of ideological journey of a “Congressi Hindu” discovering his roots and becoming a “Sanghi” who thinks the Sangh isn’t Sanghi enough.

What works for “Sanghi” is the brutal honesty, simplicity, candid admissions of own shortcomings, complete irreverence for political correctness, sincerity to truth, patriotism and a genuine concern for the very existence of Hindus. Sanghi isn’t a book about Rahul Roushan. It is completely devoted to his ideological journey and evolution.

Rahul Roushan mentions Sitaram Goel on several occasions in the book. Sitaram Goel has definitely inspired many a right wingers including Rahul. But if Hindus and Hinduism survive in Hindustan in 2050, Rahul Roushan’s “Sanghi” will be remembered as one of those books that woke Hindus up against the “woke”.

I must admit I joined Twitter sometime in 2010 just to follow “Faking News” by “Pagal Patrakar”. I didn’t know his name but “Faking News” was really popular. I followed him for the insanely funny articles on varied subjects but mostly for his satire on Cricket and media. I came to know the name Rahul Roushan only after OpIndia began to counter the Ecosystem sometime in 2015.

“Sanghi” is truly a story or a journey several Thousands or Lakhs of us can relate to; like I do. The early lack of interest in politics. Joining social media for fun, films and Cricket. Becoming emboldened by the freedom offered by social media. Becoming politically aware. The Anna movement and becoming Modi supporters. Understanding the Ecosystem, understanding Islamists, understanding Leftists and finally becoming a Sanghi with a cause. The journey is complete.

“Sanghi” is a 344 page book with an exhaustive list of references and indices at the back end. It begins with a foreward by Smriti Irani and ends with acknowledgements, references and index. It has 9 chapters that take us through a journey from 1980s to 2020, often laced with flashbacks and peeps into future. It is very well presented and illustrated.

Initial five chapters are Rahul’s journey from childhood to youth. From Bihar Sharif to Sahara TV to IIM Ahmedabad. This part is just foundation with enough hints dropped about future course. These chapters keep us interested but perhaps make us a little impatient to get to the “real story”.

“Internet, Anna, paid media”, the Chapter 6 is where serious business begins and the book becomes unputdownable. So much so, I forgot Cricket. Rahul Roushan’s take on “Hindutva vs the Ecosystem” is a mini treatise on the ideological war that is going on in India since September 2013, when BJP announced Modi as Prime Ministerial candidate. Rahul explains in detail, how the Ecosystem was born in British era and developed into “the” establishment through the years of Nehru family rule. We understand why the Ecosystem is so intensely Anti-Hindu.

“Making of Modi’s India” explains the struggles, survival and success of the nascent Sanghi movement in the big bad world of narrative totally dominated by the Left. Rahul’s fears of Modi losing 2019 election and the return of Sonia rule are extremely relatable. I have lived every moment of that.

“Sore Losers 2.0” is the last chapter about Modi 2.0, the new found confidence laced with fears and the perils of “woke” culture. The hypocrisy of the Left Ecosystem is mercilessly exposed thread by thread. Everything in the last four chapters comes with a “Deja vu” feeling because we all have felt the same things Rahul explains with surgical precision.

Journey of “Pagal Patrakar” to “Sanghi” has resulted in an extremely significant and sincere book that conclusively tells us why India needs the RSS (Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh) or Sangh in a short note.

This book is a must read for Sanghis as well as Non-Left Non-Sanghis. I plan to buy this book for some woke kids I know, hoping it may help them to understand the dangerous consequences of their “wokeness”. We get to understand why the Ecosystem still rules the roost after almost 7 years of Modi Sarkar. Rahul Roushan classifies Indians into five broad categories with respect to Hindutva. He delineates a roadmap for the survival of Hindus through this classification. That part is something every Bharatiya must understand and be part of the implementation to prevent further onslaughts of Marxist manipulations and Islamist invasions into our lives.

“Left knows how to appear cool, even compassionate, while planning to burn the world.” The appeal of Leftism cannot be described in better words. Rahul also exposes the Leftist – Islamist nexus that is working overtime to destabilize India. We get to know the “liberal” meanings of “woke” things like “activism”, “rights groups”, “post truth” and “Moral compass”.

“Sanghi” the book may inspire more people associated with Hindutva to come out with more such books. These may arm us with more inputs and help us to be richer in knowledge, wiser in judgment and more meticulous in execution of what needs to be done to save ourselves. In short, “Sanghi” is a landmark book in a “incoherently knit Right wing world” that lacks the charm and guile to prevent youth from falling victims to the “woke” culture. Rahul Roushan has made a beginning. We must carry this forward to stop someone from writing a book “Memoirs of a Libtard who never went to JNU”.

The book comes with appreciation and insights from eminent people like Amish Tripathi, Bibek Debroi, Smriti Irani, The Jaggi, Sanjeev Sanyal, TV Mohandas Pai, Vivek Agnihotri, Anupam Kher, Kanchan Gupta and Anand Ranganathan.

One word review: Masterpiece !

Book Review by Dr Govind Raj.

Details of the Book
“Sanghi Who Never Went to a Shakha”
Author: Rahul Roushan
Category: Non-fiction
Published by: Rupa Publications Pvt Ltd
Year: 2021
Pages: 344
Soft cover
Cover design: Vikas Chettri
Price: Rs. 395/-
Can be bought from Rupa or Amazon.

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