‘An ordinary organisation run by ordinary people’: a study of leadership in Vivekananda Kendra

  title={‘An ordinary organisation run by ordinary people’: a study of leadership in Vivekananda Kendra},
  author={Gwilym Beckerlegge},
  journal={Contemporary South Asia},
  pages={71 - 88}
Vivekananda Kendra describes itself as a ‘spiritually oriented service mission’, extensively influenced by both Swami Vivekananda and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. As the name of the movement suggests, members of Vivekananda Kendra acknowledge their indebtedness to the inspiration of Vivekananda, a samnyasi. Vivekananda Kendra's organisation, however, is built around a lay leadership. Members emphasise this when explaining the values and goals of the Kendra, often consciously distinguishing… 
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