The head of the All World Gayatri Pariwar, a Hindu socio-cultural organisation, Dr Pranav Pandya, has said that there is a need to perform “brain surgery” on “intellectuals” who have attacked India’s culture.
At an award function organised by an RSS affiliate for teachers in New Delhi on Sunday, Pandya who recently declined a Rajya Sabha nomination, went hammer and tongs at leftist student leaders at the Jawaharlal Nehru University.
Without taking names, he referred to the alleged anti-India sloganeering and glorification of terrorists by a group of students in JNU in February, as an illustration of Indian culture being attacked.
“Our culture is under a severe attack. It was not done in such a manner before. We need to be cautious of these so-called intellectuals who are being used to launch this attack…and we need to treat this,” he said.
“We need to conduct surgery on their brains. We will do this in the coming days, my students and lakhs of those who are with the Gayatri foundation will do this,” Pandya, who is a doctor by qualification, said.
Pandya, who is also the Chancellor of Dev Sanskriti Vishwavidyalaya, said when the economic policy was revamped in 1991, no attention paid to the education sector. “As a result students are today seen raising slogans against India,” he said.
RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat who shared the stage with Pandya, said teachers ought to lay emphasis on the importance of “traditional values and culture” as well.
Bhagwat said teachers must remember that students learn, what they see and not what they hear. He said both parents and teachers need to supplement each others’ efforts to ensure education is not bereft of values.
He also said education policy may be formulated and implemented after much discussion, but it is the teachers who put them into practice.