After securing a gold medal at the Maharaja's College, Mysore, Dr. Sripathi Shastry went on to pursue an MA in History and a Ph.D at Pune University. He served as the Head of the Department of History, Pune University for several decades in addition to being one of the most prominent leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. A polyglot and polymath, Dr. Shastry was widely read in Indian and Western literature, Indian and world History, several areas of Indian culture and spirituality. He travelled across the world delivering lectures and seminars on Indian culture and history. His speech on Christianity in India was later made into a booklet titled Retrospect: The RSS View on Christianity in India.