New Delhi: After an Organiser article termed as “anti-Hindu” the protests against Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as FTII chairman, another piece in the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh organ has alleged that prestigious institutes like IITs were being turned into places for “anti-India and anti-Hindu” activities.
Suggesting that political motives were behind opposition by some IIMs to the government’s moves, the article said the Left and Congress “still control the premium institutes” and both parties are “masters” at “ideological control” of an institute through the board of governors and directors.
It has also taken potshots at former chairman of the board of governors, IIT Bombay, and noted nuclear scientist Anil Kakodkar, and IIM, Ahmedabad, chairman A M Naik for their criticism of the ministry over various issues.
Claiming that 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, it said 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.
Taking a dig at Kakodkar, the article in the RSS weekly said said he accused HRD Minister Smriti Irani of taking directors’ recruitment “casually” but did not say a word over celebration of ‘Kiss of Love’ by IIT Mumbai faculty and students.
The RSS weekly has been strongly arguing for the government to bring in changes in the education sector in line with the Hindutva outfit’s views and has hit out at those opposed to its policies. Several older IIMs have also crititiced the draft bill prepared by the HRD Ministry that would give sweeping powers to the government in running the institutions.