A Mulsim Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) worker has written to Aligarh Muslim University Vice-Chancellor seeking to conduct 'Shakhas' in the university the campus.
RSS worker Mohammed Amir Rashid wrote to Aligarh Muslim University VC seeking to conduct 'Shakhas' in the campus, saying, 'Wrong perception is being created that RSS is anti-Muslim, they are actually a nationalist organisation. If 'Shakhas' are held students will know what RSS is about."
According to Time of India reports, "Misconceptions about the RSS among AMU students will dissipate once 'shakhas' start in the campus," the letter said.
However, Aligarh Muslim University Students Union president opposed the move. Students Union president Mashkoor Ahmad Usmani said, "It is an educational institute, not a political hub. We will oppose this move. RSS's ideology is to divide the nation and they will not be allowed to enter the campus. If required, students will fight for it."
RSS shakhas active on another prominent education of Uttar Pradesh - Banares Hindu University (BHU). BHU's VC GC Tripathi justified functioning of RSS Sgakh's on the campus. In an exclusive interview to TOI, he said, " RSS 'Shakas' have operated on BHU campus since Pt Malviya's time. If these were wrong, why were they not stopped by earlier so-called Congress vice chancellors? So, why am I expected to? There used to be an office of RSS on the BHU campus built during Malviyaji's time, but demolished during Emergency. I did not rebuild it. At Shakhas, people come to exercise, not for political activities. Someone wanted a debate on Godse versus Gandhi on campus and I didn't allow."