The RSS on Friday condemned the raising of anti-national slogans in JNU. It said “subversive” elements have made universities the centre of their activities for long and should be checked by governments.
As its top brass leaders met for the Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha, a three-day brainstorming session in Nagaur district of Rajasthan, on Friday, the RSS said:
We expect the central and state governments to deal strictly with such anti-national and antisocial forces and ensure the sanctity and cultural atmosphere by not allowing our educational institutions to become centres of political activities.
Referring to the Malda episode, the RSS also voiced concern over instances of violence and decried attempts to create an “atmosphere of fear”. It asked political parties to give up their “policy of appeasement” and take such incidents seriously.
The RSS said the meeting will focus on issues like the education system, eradicating caste-based discrimination and social harmony, while deciding on steps like changing the uniform of its members “to keep up with the times”.
The meeting of BJP’s idealogical mentor assumes importance in the backdrop of Narendra Modi government facing flak over handling of JNU row, Rohith Vemula’s suicide, allegations of saffronisation of education and the debate over intolerance ahead of crucial assembly elections.
Reports about anti-national activities in certain universities have become a matter of concern for the patriotic people. In the name of freedom of expression, how can the slogans calling for breaking up and destruction of the nation be tolerated and how can the guilty, who had hatched the conspiracy to blow up Parliament, be honoured as martyr? When they find certain political parties supporting such anti-national elements, the concern (of patriotic persons) grows further.RSS report
The RSS said that those who do such things have no faith in the Constitution, judiciary and Parliament and “such subversive elements have made these universities the centres of their activities for long”.