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RSS enters history syllabus, Nagpur University to teach role it played before 1947

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New Delhi: Union minister Nitin Gadkari’s alma mater Nagpur University has decided to introduce the history of Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) in its undergraduate syllabus. In particular, a section in the history textbook will focus on the RSS’s role in nation-building before Indian independence.

Nagpur is the headquarters of the 94-year-old RSS, the parent organisation of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

The move will be a first among educational institutions in India.

 

The Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University, formerly called the Nagpur University, will now teach the history of RSS as part of its second year BA programme. It will be included in the ‘Indian History’ section in the textbook.

The first part of the said textbook will talk about Congress and the rise of Jawaharlal Nehru; the second part will talk about the non-cooperation movement and other events during the freedom struggle; and the third part will be about the role of RSS in nation-building.

A senior functionary in the Nagpur University confirmed the development.

The new section will only be a portion in the history book and not an entire course on the organisation. However, it only deals with the role of RSS in nation-building and does not talk about anything after 1947, said the official who didn’t wish to be identified.

The RSS, however, said that it has nothing to do with the move and never asked the Nagpur University to teach about the organisation.

Rajiv Tulli, state media convener of RSS’s Delhi Unit said, “RSS would never ask any university to include a course on the organisation. It is against our ethics and principles.”

He added, “Moreover, it is not even possible to teach about the values and principles that RSS preaches, in universities and colleges. It will be something like expecting a crime free world after teaching morality to people.”

The Rashtrasant Tukadoji Maharaj Nagpur University is a state university in Maharashtra with notable alumni including Union minister Nitin Gadkari, state chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and former prime minister P.V. Narsimha Rao. It has close to 600 affiliated colleges under it.

Soon after the information became public, RSS opponents started protests.

The Maharashtra unit of Congress’ students wing, the National Students Union of India (NSUI), led by city unit chief Ashish Mandpe, met Nagpur University Vice Chancellor Siddharthavinayaka P. Kane and registered its protest against the move.


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Centre, Assam move SC seeking extension of deadline for final NRC

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New Delhi: The Centre and the Assam government on Friday moved the Supreme Court seeking extension of the July 31 deadline for finalisation of the National Register of Citizens (NRC).

The Centre told a bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi that India could not be the refugee capital of the world.

The Union and state governments also sought sample verification of the citizens included in the NRC, saying lakhs of people had been wrongly included in areas bordering Bangladesh due to involvement of local officers.

 

The first draft of the NRC for Assam was published on the intervening night of December 31, 2017 and January 1, 2018 in accordance with the top court’s direction. Names of 1.9 crore people out of the 3.29 crore applicants were incorporated then.

Assam, which had faced influx of people from Bangladesh since the early 20th century, is the only state having an NRC which was first prepared in 1951.

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Maya targets BJP, asks it to make public its source of funds during polls

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New Delh: BSP chief Mayawati on Friday targeted the BJP asking it to make public the source of funds received by it during elections and alleged that it could not tolerate when people of deprived sections progressed in business.

The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister’s remarks came a day after the Income Tax Department attached a ‘benami’ commercial plot worth Rs 400 crore in Noida belonging to her brother and his wife.

She asked the BJP to make public the source of Rs 2,000 crore it allegedly collected during elections.

 

“Everybody knows that during elections the BJP got Rs 2,000 crore in its accounts. It is not clear who gave it the money and everyone wants to know its source. Is it benami?” she asked.

She alleged that votes of the poor and deprived were bought in the polls through these funds.

The BJP could not tolerate when people of the deprived sections progressed, especially in business, and used power and government machinery against them, she claimed.Their attempt to crush the voice of the deprived people would not succeed, Mayawati said, adding that her supporters should not think that when she was not spared, what would happen to them.

She said that before pointing a finger at others, the party should introspect.

“If they think they are Harishchander (honest) they should hold a probe about the wealth of their people before and after coming into politics,” she said.

The provisional order for the attachment of the seven-acre plot, beneficially owned by Anand Kumar and his wife Vichiter Lata, was issued on July 16 by the department’s Delhi-based Benami Prohibition Unit (BPU).

Mayawati recently appointed her brother Kumar as national vice president of the BSP.

Benami properties are those in which the real beneficiary is not the one in whose name the property has been purchased.

The plot, where a five-star hotel and other luxury facilities were planned to be created, is registered at no 2A, Sector 94, Noida, in UP’s Gautam Budh Nagar district, part of the National Capital Region.

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3 men beaten to death over suspicion of cattle theft in Bihar

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Saran: Two men were beaten to death by locals after suspecting the duo to be cattle thieves in Baniyapur in Saran district on Friday morning, police said.

Villagers claimed that three persons came to steal cows. However, when they tried to catch them, one of the men managed to flee.

“The duo was beaten up by the villagers in a fit of rage. Investigation in the case is underway,” the police said.

 

The bodies of the deceased have been sent for postmortem.

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