The Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University’s (RTMNU) decision to include a chapter on Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) role in development of nation in the curriculum of Bachelor of Arts (BA) second year has triggered a political storm. The office-bearers and members of National Students’ Union of India (NSUI) on Tuesday staged protest on the university premises and also met vice-chancellor Dr SP Kane over the issue.
Leaders of the main opposition parties, the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) too strongly criticised the move and protested the university decision. Several other organisations have also protested the decision and submitted memorandums to vice chancellor Dr Siddarthvinayak Kane. Congress state president Ashok Chavan used twitter to express resentment.
“RSS role in nation building would be taught in the BA part two history syllabus. The RSS had opposed the 1942 quit India movement and it also opposed Indian Constitution an national flag. We demand it should be taught in the course,” he tweeted. NCP leader Jitendra Awhad tweeted that the RSS supported British and betrayed freedom struggle. They mixed poison in the thoughts. The killing of Mahatma Gandhi and its history would be taught in the university. The university, however, has not given any official reaction to it. Meanwhile, Dean of Humanities department Dr Pramod Sharma clarified that there was no politics in it. The RSS already in the course of MA history.
In the modern Vidarbha history paper of MA fourth semester, there is a chapter on RSS and other organisations of Vidarbha. The change has been made so that students should know it from under graduation level. The university Vice Chancellor Dr Siddarthvinayak Kane and other officials are mum over the issue.
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