Minister of HRD, Smriti Irani meets RSS leaders to improve education system


smriti iraniThis was the sixth such meeting between Smriti Irani and the RSS affiliates since May, and we can assumes significance with the government yet to decide on policy changes in the sector and with many crucial appointments still pending at central universities, IIMs, IITs and other institutions.

Senior representatives of the RSS and its affiliates in the education sector Thursday asked Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani to “correct” the history taught in schools to highlight Indian heroes, and the role played by Hindu culture and its leaders in shaping the country.

BJP leaders Ramlal  and J P Nadda, and top RSS functionaries , Krishna Gopal, Suresh Soni and Dattatrey Hosbale were among those who attended the meeting. One noticeable absentee was Dinanath Batra, who famous for forcing Penguin India to withdraw American scholar Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindus: An Alternative History”. Among the other organisation that Batra heads — Shiksha Bachao Andolan, founded by an RSS affiliate Vidya Bharti – was represented by Atul Kothari.

According to sources, the RSS has grouped its frontal organisations under six broad categories —  Suraksha Samooh, Arthik Samooh, Sewa Samooh, Shiksha Samooh, Jan Samooh and Vichar Samooh — to interact with the government and BJP. These groups started their latest round of interactions Tuesday, with Smriti Irani, Thursday’s meeting with organisations under Shiksha Samooh. liasion Krishna Gopal and his predecessor Soni has been a common feature in all the meetings.

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, & BJP president Amit Shah, a host of Union ministers and chief ministers in the BJP-ruled states are former members of the RSS, which otherwise denies participating in active politics.

The proposed Bharatiya Board of Secondary Education or BBSE aims to offer a blend of traditional gurukul system with modern education in allow the schools affiliated to the proposed board. functionaries of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS met Union Human Resources Development Minister Smriti Irani on Thursday to seek a revamp of India’s education system.

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