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BJP, RSS rake up ‘anti-national’ charge to hit back in Dalit suicide row

india Updated: Jan 22, 2016 01:10 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindsutan Times
Rohith Vemula

Police use water canon to disperse members of various student organisations during a protest in front of the HRD Ministry office.(Vipin Kumar/HT)

The RSS and the BJP continued to deflect criticism over the suicide of a student who fought for Dalit rights in University of Hyderabad, with their representatives saying on Thursday that they will fight “anti-national ideologies” in college campuses.

The anti-national ideology alludes to issues like Maoism and Jihad that have been among topics raised by organisations such as the one that Rohith Vemula was part of before he committed suicide on Sunday. “No one is paying attention to the cause of the unrest. Who were these Ambedkar Students Association members demanding justice for? What ideology is being promoted in campuses? These are questions obliterated by political mudslinging. The RSS did not want to comment on this issue, but we see the Sangh unnecessarily being dragged into a controversy,” a senior official of the RSS told HT.

Vemula’s suicide followed an expulsion that resulted following an altercation with a leader of the ABVP, the student’s wing of the RSS. BJP general secretary P Muralildhar Rao said linkages of some forums on campuses with bigger anti-national agencies must be probed and curbed. “ASA in Hyderabad Central University is part of this chain,” he said.

The ASA demands plebiscite in Kashmir, they question our Constitution and oppose death sentence to convicted terrorists like Yakub Memon and Afzal Guru. How can they call themselves as followers of Ambedkar, when he did not deconstruct nationalism,” questioned Rakesh Sinha, Sangh ideologue.