This book is an exploration of the essence of nationalism and on that basis analyses the process of national reconstruction in its varied ramifications. Preconditions for achieving social equality and for betterment of the conditions of the backward sections and the working class are enunciated. The Constitution and political system of Bharat have been vigorously examined here, and an attempt has been made to identify alternative structures which would, being in tune with the long heritage and the social ethos of the country, be more effective in dealing with the current problems. Clarity has been brought to bear on concepts such as equality, secularism etc., on the basis of facts and actual experience of many countries.
The initial chapters deal with the historical backdrop for the founding of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh in 1925 by Dr Hedgewar, and features of the Tilak and Gandhi eras. The author’s exegesis of Dr Hedgewar’s thinking on national resurgence and Dr Ambedkar’s approach to social and national problems will be found to be of special interest.
Some specifics like functional representation, connotations of ‘Nation’ and ‘State’, and the makings of revolutions have also been inquired into.