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DU Academic Council Members Criticise Invitation to RSS Secretary for University Event

The members of the council said that university and college platforms have been consistently featuring spokespersons with political and ideological biases, including 'pracharaks' of the RSS, Hindu outfit office bearers, and other non-state actors.

New Delhi: Members of the University of Delhi’s Academic Council have criticised the university’s decision to invite Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) secretary Bharat Bhushan as the special guest for the inauguration of the Centre for Hindu Studies.

According to the New Indian Express, teachers said that the “unconstitutional” conduct of the authority at the event confirms the growing apprehension that the Centre will be used to further bigotry and communal division.

These objections were raised during the academic council meeting on Thursday, November 30.

“University and college official platforms are being consistently used to project spokespersons of a politically and ideologically partisan dispensation. Even the euphemism of “intellectual” is being dropped and the so-called chief guests are ‘pracharaks’ of the RSS, office bearers of Hindu outfits and other non-state actors who represent various illustrious sub-sects of the ‘Sangh’,” one of the members told the daily.

“The university, as a Central university, cannot deviate from the goals mandated by the Constitution,” they added.