The Rajasthan government will organise a Vande Mataram recital on a big scale in Jaipur on November 8, the first anniversary of demonetisation, to instill a sense of nationalism in youth.
The Directorate of College Education (DCE) sent a letter to all colleges affiliated to the National Service Scheme (NSS) in Jaipur on Wednesday for the event, which will be organised at the SMS stadium here. Called ‘Voice of Unity’, the event is being organised by the state government’s Rajasthan Youth Board and the RSS’s Hindu Spiritual and Service Fair (HSSF).
“The aim of the programme is to rise above gender, region, caste, religion and establish ethical values and develop a positive spirit,” states the letter by DCE’s Joint Secretary (Academics) Bandana Chakarwati. All the colleges have been asked to appoint a coordinator for the event.
Led by Sachin Pilot, the Rajasthan Pradesh Congress Committee (RPCC) criticised the state government for tying up with a religious organisation, and for attempting to divert attention from “real issues” of farmer suicides, unemployment and corruption. Kailash Pahadiya, Member Secretary of the Rajasthan Youth Board, said that HSSF “is not an RSS organisation”. “Be it any organisation, if it is working for the nation, then it is good that they assist us.”