NEW DELHI: Amidst the NDA government at the Centre seeking to give shape to new education policy, the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS) affiliate wing Lokmanthan in collaboration with the Madhya Pradesh government will brainstorm with over 600 scholars drawn from across the country to “Indianise” the social sciences, besides grooming an army of intellectual warriors against those influenced by the western countries.
Stating that the subjects of social sciences taught in schools still bear clear imprints of the western thoughts, the RSS co-head of the communication wing J Nandkumar stated that there is a growing need to “Indianise” the education policy. “Even after seven decades of Independence, the government is working on the new education policy. This makes it evident that the earlier policies had been faulty. The Lokmanthan will brainstorm with scholars who have been working at the grassroots level to counter the hegemony of intellectuals influenced by the western thoughts,” said Nandkumar.
The Lokmanthan is supported by the Madhya Pradesh government and will hold its first session for three days next week in Bhopal from November 12 to bring forth the idea of “Nation First”. Claiming that thinker with aims of “breaking India” hog the limelight, the conclave would seek to bring forth counter-narrative rooted in vernacular languages and culture of the country. “The main thrust is to help bring forth the cementing forces which unite the country. There are intellectual leaders and institutions who propound the idea of breaking India. But there are also thinkers who are not given prominence who reject the ideas of the reactionary forces,” added Nandkumar.
“The decolonising of the Indian mind is one of the themes of the colloquium of nation first thinkers and practitioners. The conclave is different from other similar thinkers’ meet in the sense that it will not be a platform for metropolitan intellectuals. The attempt is to counter the hegemony of the thinkers with the colonial mindset,” said Rakesh Sinha, co-ordinator of the Manthan, whose reception committee is headed by the MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
The brainstorming for three days in the premises of the legislative Assembly of MP in Bhopal would also stress on finding space for the vernacular literature on the world stage. “A report in 2004 had revealed that 95 per cent of Indian literature acknowledged on the world stage belongs to the English language. There are movements in Africa and Latin America against colonial intellectualism. The Lokmanthan will focus on getting the vernacular writers and thinkers a larger stage,” added Sinha, who also runs RSS affiliated India Policy Foundation.