Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)
RSS mouthpiece says IITs turning ‘anti-Hindu’
NEW DELHI: Right wing publication Organiser – seen as the mouthpiece of the RSS – has courted controversy by publishing an article claiming that top government-funded institutes were being turned into places for “anti-India and anti-Hindu” activities.
The article complained that despite IIT Roorkee being in “Devbhumi” (Hardwar district), non-vegetarian food began to be served there in the UPA days. It added that a “mosque for employees” in IIT Roorkee was converted into a “community mosque”. It also complained that students at NIT Rourkela were “stopped” from holding a puja in the community hall during UPA days.
“Faculties with low morals are misguiding students... The board of governors should also be made responsible for anti-India and antiHindu activities being carried out at the institutes,” the article said.
The article said that the Left and Congress still “control” premier institutes through boards of governors and directors. It attacked the IIMs’ opposition to the draft IIM Bill.
It hit out at eminent scientist and former chairman of IIT Bombay’s Board of Governors Anil Kakodkar and chairman of IIM Ahmedabad AM Naik for criticizing the HRD ministry.
The article said that while Kakodkar had accused HRD minister Smriti Irani of taking IIT directors’ recruitment casually, he hadn’t protested against the ‘Kiss of Love’ protest by IIT Bombay faculty and students.