Rahul Gandhi attacks RSS on FTII issue

New Delhi, Aug 13 (IANS) Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday led a delegation of party leaders to submit a memorandum to President Pranab Mukherjee on the FTII issue and said its chairman Gajendra Chauhan was not capable of running the institution.

He also said that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was “controlling the education system” in the country.

“(Congress leader) Mani Shankar Aiyar said the most powerful thing India has is its soft power and it is about creativity in institutions like Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) and other institutions like the universities in Maharashtra and Delhi.

“This creativity is being crushed by the RSS’s desire to control the education system in this country,” Rahul Gandhi told the media after meeting President Pranab Mukherjee at Rashtrapati Bhavan on the FTII issue.

“They have already destroyed the education system in Madhya Pradesh with the Vyapam scam. We are not going to allow them to destroy these institutions,” the Congress leader said.

He said a memorandum had been submitted to the President on the issue. He, however, did not give details of the meeting.

“The boys and girls of this institution (FTII) are fighting for the soul of this country. They have come to the institution based on their capabilities, but the people who are placed on top do not have the same capability,” Rahul Gandhi said.

“They do not have the merit to be placed on top of the students. The only merit they have is they have sung the praises of the prime minister, of the BJP and believed in the RSS ideology,” he said.

The students of FTII have been protesting for more than two months against the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as its chairman.


  1. My friend called me and told a very shocking act of total hooliganism conducted and such other acts are being undertaken by the RSS in many parts of India which may not appear in the news.

    One Christian family at the Central Kerala killed an ox for their daughter’s marriage. The RSS jobless street walkers went to the location and poured kerosene at the meet, thus the whole meat was destroyed. Then the family had to rush to another place to buy beef in a hurry.

    Mr. Modi’s Gujarat is the leading exporter of beef; but in other States, people don’t have the freedom to kill a cow or ox to eat or to make use at the marriage function. How to define this street hooliganism in a so called democratic country?

    • Dear A. S. Mathew, it is widely known that the RSS and Modi are not at all averse to beef production and consumption in BJP ruled states like Goa, Maghalaya, Kashmir, etc. One can understand that they want to get the votes of minorities there, who happen to be the majority in those states. Be it known to all, beef is a political commodity for the RSS and not religious one!

      However, you say, “Mr. Modi’s Gujarat is the leading exporter of beef”! Would you give details and the source of information?

    • How to define this street hooliganism in a so called democratic country? – Mr. AS Mathew

      Oh well, we will have to ask our PILLAR (ಕಂಬ) of democracy AND SECULARISM – Mr. O. Rampai REPEATS on what his NEW master ಬಿಲ್ಲ್ ಮಾಹೇರ್ says on the matter!

      Until then, the matter is ಸಬ್ ಜುಡಿce. AND mum is the WORD – as it happened in Charlie’s Town (Or was it N. Charleston?)

      Until then, we wish our RampaNNA the very best of luck in “looking” for PROOF on my alleged Yumreeki Eeza (visa). AFTER all, he KEEPS looking for both Lobo and Nalina whenever there are potholes on Mangaloorean ರಾಸ್ತೆಗಳುಂ!!

      Om NaMo SiVa! :):) Psst: as some writer said on TOI, SiVa stands for Silicon Valley! And we all know what NaMo stands for! Smiles!

      Silly fella! Couldn’t handle rebellion from his OWN state from the ‘Potels and THINKS he can monogram your Akhanda Bharatha which used to stretch from the bells of your Khahki chaddis to Indonesia and Pangaea?

      He thought he could ride in and shoot from the hip – like Clint Eastwood in the Movie – Da Gudda, the Baddy & the Pagli!

      And that enchanting ‘meejik’:

      Kiti kiti Kooo
      Koo Koo Koo

      Kiti Kiti Koo
      kooo Koo Koooooooo.

      Poor fellas!
      Poor YOU ya Rampa. 🙁

      • Joker Praveena,
        Why are you talking about silicon valley? LOL You should focus on what you know the best – ‘aadu jeeevitham’ based on saudi experience.. Smiles..

        • LOL You should focus on what you know the best – ‘aadu jeeevitham’ based on saudi experience.. Smiles..- Joker RampaNNA

          Hello RampaNNA!

          Isn’t that the book (“Aadu Jeevitham” or ‘Goat Life’) written by your ಸ್ಯಾಮ್ ಹ್ಯಾರಿಸ್ (Sam Harris) and later made into a movie starring your comedian called ಬಿಲ್ಲ್ ಮಾಹೆರ (Bill Maher) and ಸ್ಕಾರ್‌ಲೆಟ್ ಜೊಹ್ಯಾನ್ಸೆನ್ (Scarlet Johansson)?

          Didn’t ಬ್ರಾಡ್ ಪಿಟ್ (Brad Pitt) play the role of the chief Goat ‘supervisor’ in the movie?

          Didn’t ಸ್ಟೀವನ್ ಸ್ಪೀಲ್‌ಬರ್ಗ್ (Steven Spielberg) get the ಆಸ್ಕರ್ ಅವಾರ್ಡ್ (Oscar Award) for Best Director for the movie (‘Goat Life’) in 2012?

          Didn’t ಟಾಮ್ ಕ್ರ್ಯೂಸ್ be nominated for the ಆಸ್ಕರ್ for his role as ‘Best Actor in a Supporting Role’?

          I’m really GLAD that YOU brought that book and movie back into focus! However, I did run a quick Google check on it and oh boy! It sure did remind me of you and YOUR life working in some sweatshop in ಅಂಕಲ್ ಸ್ಯಾಮ್?

          Btw, are any podcasts available from Bill Maher & Sam Harris? I tried searching for it on the Pirate Bay website with the intention of downloading it! But then, there are no seeds and no leeches! Daaaaang! 🙁

          So, any help forthcoming from you regarding the subject matter, O’Rampa? It will be much appreciated. 🙂

          ಗಾಡ್ ಬ್ಲೆಸ್ಸ್

  2. “”Didn’t ಬ್ರಾಡ್ ಪಿಟ್ (Brad Pitt) play the role of the chief Goat ‘supervisor’ in the movie?” wonders Joker Praveena Pinto

    Well, if he did, I’m sure he would have talked to you to get a deeper understanding of the role!! chuckles…

    • Well, if he did, I’m sure he would have talked to you to get a deeper understanding of the role!! chuckles… – RampanNA

      Oh well, when he has Rampa close-by, a chap who has experienced ಕಾಡು ಜೀವಿತಂ along with all the ಆಡುಗಳು, ಹಂದಿಗಳು, ಗಾಡ್ ಜ಼ಿಲಗಳು etc, why on earth would be even bother to talk to me? Chuckles AND Smiles….

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