Seeking the Middle Way

1925 Hindu extremists form the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), with the avowed purpose of creating a purely Hindu Indian nation

1930s RSS leaders make several study trips to Nazi Germany

1948 A year after India gains independence, a former RSS member assassinates Mohandas Gandhi for appeasing Muslims

1950s The RSS forms the Bharatiya Jana Sangh (BJS) as its political wing. One of its leaders, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, becomes an M.P. in 1957

1980s The BJS becomes the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which bursts onto center stage by espousing...

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