RSS' role in 'nation-building' part of Maharashtra varsity syllabus; Congress rebukes move, points at group's chequered history

  • The Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University has included RSS history and its role in 'nation-building' in the second year BA (History) course

  • A source close to the development said the move is part of efforts to make students aware about 'new trends' in history

  • Justifying the move, Satish Chafle, a member of the Board of Studies of the university, said rewriting of history brings new facts before the society

  • Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant rebuked the decision asking where would Nagpur University find reference of RSS and nation building

Nagpur: The history of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and its role in 'nation-building' have been included in the syllabus of a university based in Nagpur, where the Sangh has headquarters.

The Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University has included RSS history in the second year BA (History) course.

 RSS role in nation-building part of Maharashtra varsity syllabus; Congress rebukes move, points at groups chequered history

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While the third section of the syllabus has details about the role of RSS in nation-building, the first section speaks about the establishment of the Congress party and the rise of Jawaharlal Nehru and the second section dwells on issues like the civil disobedience movement.

A source close to the development said the move is part of efforts to make students aware about 'new trends' in history.

Satish Chafle, a member of the Board of Studies of the university, told PTI Tuesday that a chapter on the Sangh's role in nation-building has been introduced in the History of India (1885-1947) unit, which is part of the fourth semester for the second year of Bachelor of Arts (History) course.

The university syllabus had a chapter on "introduction to RSS" for the MA (History) course in 2003-2004.

"This year, we have introduced the contribution of the RSS in the nation building for the students of history so that they can know about new trends that take place in history. New trends like Marxism, new Marxism or new modernism have become a part of history as new trends," he said.

Justifying the move, Chafle said rewriting of history brings new facts before the society.

"Nationalist school of thoughts (including leaders like) Lokmanya Tilak is also part of the Indian history. Similarly, history of the Sangh is a part of the nationalist school. Hence, introduction to RSS was included in the course," he said.

The induction of a chapter on the RSS has created a flutter.

Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sachin Sawant tweeted, "Where would Nagpur University find reference of RSS and nation building? It is most divisive force which collaborated with British, opposed freedom movement, didn't hoist the Tricolour for 52 years calling it inauspicious, wanted Manusmriti in lieu of the Constitution, and spreads Hatred."

Updated Date: Jul 09, 2019 20:54:51 IST