Unable to fight JNU intellectuals on ideology or raison d’etre, BJP mentor body Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has castigated the institution as a home to anti-socials notwithstanding the fact that is own spokesmen and women were once students of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU).
In its editorial, RSS mouthpiece PanchJanya said JNU is providing shelter to a large number of anti-national groupings which have the singular aim of disintegrating India. In support, it cited open celebrations on the campus by pro-Naxal students when 75 CRPF jawans were killed in an ambush in dantewada, Chhattisgarh way back in 2010.
JNU continues to host anti-national activities, it alleged, despite the fact that its own political party BJP’s spokespersons were once students of the varsity, who had learnt their oratory and argumentative skills from the campus in their student days.
However, the university did not leave even Rahul Gandhi from criticism when he visited the campus and was forced to re-look at his ideological upgradation. Reacting to the editorial in ‘Panchjanya’, Congress leader Manish Tiwari abhorred JNU students to raise in opposition and sue "RSS" for the allegations.
"The Jawaharlal Nehru University should sue ‘Panchjanya’ for defamation. After all, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad also is active in the Jawaharlal Nehru University. Does the ‘ Panchjanya’ want to say that those students, who are affiliated to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad are also a part of the den of whatever terminology they have used," Tewari told ANI.
Tewari said the attack on academic institutions in the country should end. "There is a need for all progressing, right thinking and nationalist forces to stand together and ensure that the BJP-RSS’ attempt to undermine the institutions of academic excellence, which have nurtured a tradition of critical sort, are not demolished," he added.
It may be noted that BJP former spokesperson and now minister Nirmala Sitharaman was one of those in the forefront when JNU students lodged gherao of the then Vice Chancellor M.K.Alagh in 1983 over sensational Jhelum hostel issue, while many spokespersons now of ABVP were former students of JNU.
Among many, Nirmala Sitharaman and Sony India CEO Uday Shankar are among the JNU alumni.