The Rashtriya Swayam Sevak Sangh is about to hold a seminar in Delhi's Hansraj College this week.
India Today reports that the 'Gyan Sangam', that will be held on March 25 and 26, will see RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat and joint general secretaries Krishna Gopal and Suresh Soni lecturing professors from across India about how to inculcate national values in our teaching system and rid them of "colonial values".
And not just in the teaching system, the RSS seminar seeks to lecture teachers on how to inculcate these national values among students.
The letter circulated by the RSS speaks about its usual rhetoric of how first the Mughal and the Turkish rulers and then the English rulers have destroyed our original Indian culture.
DNA quoted the letter announcing the event as saying, "Our education system is thousands of years old. But even then, the system is so strong that foreign elements have not been able to destroy it. Although. they have been able to cause some harm to it... While on one side Turkish and Mughal invaders destroyed our temples, the English have established an education system which has made people lose their trust in the Indian education system."
The event is going to see participation of only professors, apart from the RSS delegation.
This comes a month after the controversy broke out over Ramjas College inviting JNU students Shehla Rashid Umar Khalid to speak in a seminar titled 'Culture of Protest.' The event was ultimately cancelled as the student wing of the RSS ABVP protested against the invite to Rashid and Khaled.
The next day when DU students were protesting against the issue, ABVP students and the police reportedly beat up several students. This incident later snowballed and raised several questions about the freedom of expression in the country.
The RSS and its affiliate ABVP have been of the opinion that the likes of Rashid and Khaled are anti-nationals. They have also insinuated that JNU was a breeding ground of anti-nationals because they raise slogans of "azadi"
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