RGCB’s new campus to be named after Golwalkar sparks Centre-State spat

Senior CPM leader, M A Baby in his statement said that “heinous and part of RSS agenda”

Thiruvananthapuram: A recent controversy has erupted over the naming of the new campuses of Rajiv Gandhi Centre for Biotechnology (RGCB) in Kerala by the late RSS adherent M.S Golwalkar. The decisions have not seemed to be going well with the CPI-M as well as the Congress and its sparks debate.

The Union Minister for Science and Technology Dr. Harsh Vardhan, at curtain raiser session of the sixth edition of India International Science Festival, has stated that “I am happy to understand that this research facility will be named as Shri Guruji Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar National Centre for Complex Disease in Cancer and Viral Infection”, after which it has become the beam of controversy.

Kerala Chief Minister had addressed a letter to Dr. Harsha Vardha stating “this institute is premier research institute and has above political divides. The Government of Kerala believes that the campus is named after some eminent Indian scientist of international repute, instead of the proposed name”.

Senior Congress leader Shashi Tharoor has tweeted: “So the 2nd Campus of Thiruvananthapuram’s RGCB is to be named Shri Madhav Sadashiv Golwalkar National Centre for Complex Diseases in Cancer and Viral Infection! What is MSG’s contribution to science other than promoting diseases of communalism?”

The decision has also not gone with the CPI (M), as Senior CPM leader,M A Baby in his statement said that “heinous and part of RSS agenda to make gains after creating a communal divide in Kerala. The entire democratic society in Kerala should oppose this move.”

Golwalkar was the second chief of RSS or Rashtriya Swamsevak Sangh, widely known for popularization of the Hindutva ideology. Some of his books are a Bunch of Thoughts, We or Our Nationhood Defined.
 

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