MUMBAI: In a veiled dig at the Congress on the ongoing JNU row, senior RSS functionary Indresh Kumar said it was "unfortunate" that those who once fought for country's freedom were taking sides of "anti-nationals" today.
"A debate is on whether there should be patriotism or anti-nationalism in educational institutions against the backdrop of slogans like 'Pakistan Zindabad', 'India would be divided into hundred pieces' that were raised in JNU. Unfortunately, people who were once a part of India's freedom movement are today standing with such elements," Kumar said at a seminar here yesterday without naming any political party.
"People who were ready to sacrifice their lives for the country, are today willing to compromise the interest of the nation. I pray that God gives them some wisdom," he said. Kumar said the laws formed by the British during its rule dealing with anti-national activities, need reform.
"There are many laws in the country dealing with anti-national activities which were framed by the Britishers. These need to be revamped in the current scenario," he said. A nation should be run without compromising on patriotism because there won't be any prosperity if the country is not united, Kumar added.
Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in Delhi has been rocked after an event was held in the campus earlier this month where allegedly anti-nationals slogans were raised by some students.
JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested in a sedition case, while two other students--Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, booked under the same charge surrendered before police two days ago.