Leaving the Hindu Far Right

Felix Pal, Neha Chaudhary

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Why do people leave the world’s largest far-right organisation? In this article, we analyse six autobiographical defection accounts of ex-members of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the apex organisation of the Indian Hindu nationalist movement. Compiled here for the first time, an analysis of these accounts reveals that even the most disciplined and ideologically coherent far-right organisations suffer from internal organisational messiness and attrition. These accounts challenge the unique mythology that surrounds the RSS and gesture towards the methodological possibilities of discarding the ideology-driven analyses of the far right in favour of material analyses of the lives of far-right organisational members.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-444
Number of pages20
JournalSouth Asia : Journal of South Asian Studies
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes


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