The Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) vice-chancellor on Wednesday condemned the comment made in an RSS-affiliated magazine that the University was home to anti-national elements and said that it was an attempt to malign the image of the institution.
“The comments by the RSS are really in bad taste. We have contributed considerably to nation building. From MPs to cabinet secretaries to ambassadors, JNU has been home to intellectuals and not anti-nationals,” JNU vice-chancellor SK Sopory said.
‘Panchjanya’, believed to be RSS mouthpiece, recently alleged that JNU is home to ‘a huge anti-national block’ with an aim of ‘disintegrating India’.
The comments kicked up a storm on Tuesday with the students’ union condemning it as highly-regressive and the Congress saying the university should sue the magazine.
Sopory said that the students and researchers at the university may be anti-establishment but maintained there was nothing wrong in it. “The researchers and students here might be anti-establishment and there is nothing wrong about it but there is definitely no encouragement to any anti-national activity here. The RSS’ comment is just an attempt to malign the varsity’s image,” he said.
Alleging that pro-Naxal students’ unions of JNU had openly celebrated the killing of 75 CRPF personnel in the 2010 ambush in Dantewada, the RSS magazine, in its cover article, alleged that ‘JNU routinely hosts anti-national activities.’
“We condemn the highly regressive comments by RSS made against JNU students. JNU’s composition reflects the character of our society, as women and students from marginalised sections and backward areas are duly represented which is against the way RSS imagines Indian society,” JNUSU said in a statement.