Coming out in support of striking students of Film and Television Institute of India ( FTII) in Pune on Friday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said RSS...
Coming out in support of striking students of Film and Television Institute of India ( FTII) in Pune on Friday, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi said RSS is systematically promoting “mediocrity” in all institutions in the country.
“A systematic effort is being made in all institutions to impose the ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). They are promoting their ideology through various institutions. Your institution is not the only one,” Gandhi said.
It is the democratic right of the students to voice their protest. The government is promoting the ideology of the RSS and wants “mediocre” people in charge of education institutions, he said. “The RSS and its wings promote mediocrity. I have seen this everywhere,” he said while holding discussions with the students on the FTII campus.
Clad in blue jeans and T-shirt, a clean-shaven Gandhi looked almost like one of the students and played youth leader to the hilt as he assured them he was with them.
FTII students are on strike for the last 50 days demanding the removal of TV actor Gajendra Chauhan, who is a member of BJP, as chairman of the institute.
Stating that he will be happy to help the students , Gandhi alleged that the government lacked tolerance. “If you do not agree with them , they will shut you up. They will bully you if open your mouth,” he said.
“The RSS thinks they only have knowledge which has to be transferred through the teachers (of their choice). In their mind you are there just to absorb what they have to say,” he said in the interactive session with the students.
Speaking to the media after the his meeting with the students, Gandhi said, “I spent some hours with the students and I am very proud of them, the work that they do is excellent. They are asking for a discussion for their voice to be heard. It is not going to make the government any smaller if they listen to the voice of the students,” he said.