Stoking fresh controversy, the RSS has accused IITs and IIMs of carrying out “anti-India” and “anti-Hindu”activities. Alleging political motives behind the opposition of some Indian Institute of Management (IIMs) to government policies, the article in its mouthpiece, “Organizer”, took potshots at IIM Ahmedabad, Chairman AM Naik, along with, former Chairman of the Board of Governors, IIT Bombay, and noted nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, for their criticism of governmental moves and motives.
The ‘Organiser’ has alleged that the country’s “premium institutes” have been under the “ideological control” of the Left and Congress, who have used them to propagate their ideology and agenda. RSS think tank and professor Rakesh Sinha said, “RSS does not describe such debates and discussions as anti-Hindu. There are leftist people who use certain institutions. They are microscopic but they are strong people. We are contesting them on logical, empirical and on factual basis. We are not giving any certificate to anybody that you are anti-Hindu”.
According to the article, non-vegetarian food began to be served at IIT Roorkee “in the holy city of Haridwar” and students at NIT, Rourkela, were “stopped” from holding Puja in community hall, both under the UPA rule. The article made reference to the same to claim that these incidents show that “these government-funded institutes from tax payers money are becoming a place for anti-India and anti-Hindu activities”.
“Faculties with low moral are misguiding students. These activities either don’t come to notice of Board of Governors or are being ignored. Board of Governors should also be made responsible for anti-India and anti-Hindu activities being carried out in the institutes,” it said.
The RSS has in the recent past fired up similar controversies, and has drawn flak from critics, alleging that the ideological outfit of the ruling party wants to push the government to implement policies aimed at “saffronisation” of education.