NEW DELHI -- After describing the lynching of a Muslim man as a "natural reaction" to the "sin" of cow slaughter, right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has knocked another deeply offensive declaration out of the park.
The cover story in the latest edition of its mouthpiece, Panchjanya, says that Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi is home to anti-national groups which are working towards the goal of disintegrating India.
Accusing JNU students of hosting anti-national activities and distorting Indian culture, the RSS mouthpiece said that pro-Naxal students' unions celebrated the killing of 75 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel in an ambush at Dantewada in 2010.
Anti-national activities take place on campus with the consent of the JNU administration, said the weekly newspaper.
"I often heard JNU professors discuss means and measures to undermine national unity and culture at events organized by anti-national organizations I then realized that JNU is home to a large chunk of anti-national groupings which have the singular aim of disintegrating India," writes the author of the article, who claims to have studied at JNU.
"These tendencies are inspired by two things bitterness for Hindus and an urge to break India," the author writes.
"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. But when the Soviet block disintegrated, a new political thought emerged in institutions like JNU which started changing their political slogan from class struggle to caste struggle." - Panchjanya
Suggesting that JNU should sue RSS, Congress Party leader Manish Tiwari pointed out that Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP), the RSS' Student Organisation, happens to be part of JNU.
"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," he told ANI.
Over the weekend, JNU students defied authorities to screen Caste on the Menu Card, a documentary on the beef eating practices of Mumbai.
On Monday, JNU's Academic Council, its top decision making body, rejected a proposal by the university's administration to introduce short-term courses in "Indian Culture" and "Yoga" for propagating spiritual traditions and establishing Indian values in the world.
The RSS mouthpiece described JNU "tendency" of relying on the state for resources "is nothing but capitalism masquerading as socialism and even Maoism." The university is funded by the central government.
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