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IIT Madras row: RSS mouthpiece justifies action against Dalit students body

New Delhi: RSS mouthpiece 'Organiser' on Saturday justified the action taken against a Dalit students body by IIT, Madras, and claimed educational campuses are "afflicted with red ideology." In an editorial "Unmasking pseudo-Ambedkarites" in its lastest edition, RSS also attacked Rahul Gandhi for visiting Mhow on the birth anniversary of Ambedkar. It said use of institutional space and symbols without permission amounts to "indiscipline" and the institution has every right to question students. 'Organiser' also said educational campuses are "afflicted with red ideology" and forums like Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) in IIT-Madras are used for "propagating anti-Hindu and anti-Bharat divisive ideology", which Ambedkar would never have approved. "Nobody can and should support ban on any student outfit for criticising government policies; definitely not, if the students are talking about caste-based discrimination in education sector," the editorial said. It said there is neither any ban from government nor the notice issued to APSC for criticising the Prime Minister, as propagated by the group and secular media/intellectuals, and the HRD Ministry had only forwarded a complaint by another section of students. "The issue of administrative disciplinary action against the Ambedkar Periyar Study Circle (APSC) in IIT-Madras and Rahul Gandhi turning to Ambedkar birth memorial are "similar attempts to mask great nationalist reformers like Babasaheb with Communist garb of class divisions or Congress' way of vote bank politics," the editorial said. The mouthpiece also accused Congress of "always misusing national icons" and attacked Rahul Gandhi saying, "appropriating anti-Brahminism movement was part of that strategy. No Indian would believe that a person who took ten years to understand his party will rightly address the complex issue of caste-based discrimination and untouchability." The RSS mouthpiece said that "pet projects of Aryan invasion, inciting hatred, breaking democratic norms of discourse for political gains and then misrepresenting facts through media is the ultra-Communist strategy, which is perfectly used in this case. Mentors like Arundhati Roy can happily use these forums to propagate anti-India ideology." The magazine said Indians, irrespective of their caste and religion, have a common heritage and "instead of following the path of divisive ideologies they need to establish a process of dialogue to create an atmosphere of social harmony and learn to march together as a nation." PTI

Updated : 7 Jun 2015 5:58 AM GMT
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