RSS The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh has mounted a frontal attack on one of India’s premier educational institutions – Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) – by condemning it as ‘anti-national’. The RSS mouthpiece “Panchjanya” is pressing home the idea that JNU is “a huge anti-national block which has the aim of disintegrating India”.
The latest issue of the saffron magazine claims that “In 2010 when Naxals in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh, killed 75 paramilitary personnel, pro-Naxal students unions of the University celebrated openly and hailed the act. And all this happened under the nose of the JNU administration.”
It claims that JNU is a hotbed of anti-national activities and that it is an “institute where nationalism is considered an offence”. The writer of the article claims to have studied in JNU and alleges that JNU provides “legitimacy to anti-India forces”.
“These tendencies are inspired by two things – bitterness for Hindus and an urge to break India. These things became possible due to two historical reasons. The first was the desire of Nehru and his successors to impose state-run model of economy on India and two, Nehru’s proximity to the Soviet block (sic). But when the Soviety block (sic) disintegrated, a new political thought emerged in institutions like JNU which started changing their political slogan from class struggle to caste struggle,” the article says.