In what could be the shape of things to come, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA), the country’s premier institute of arts and culture, Wednesday organised an event on agriculture. The event saw the release of a book titled ‘Agriculture Atlas of MP’, published by RSS-inspired think tank Centre for Policy Studies and written by its director, Dr Jitendra Bajaj.
IGNCA now seems set for a major transformation, as its member-secretary Sachchidanand Joshi explained: “We want to throw it (IGNCA) open to all sections. We are considering preview show of movies, and a variety of programmes. Although it has functioned well, it has been exclusive in character. Our vision is to make it inclusive.”
The event comes a month after the Culture Ministry dissolved the old team and brought in new faces. On Monday, Minister of State for Culture Mahesh Sharma held the first meeting with the new team and directed it to “take work of the centre to more people across the country”.
Hinting at the nature of upcoming changes, Sachchidanand Joshi said: “The centre has completed 25 years. The minister has now asked us to formulate the vision for the next 25 years.”
In perhaps a first at an event organised by IGNCA, the RSS brass was present. While RSS’s number two, Sarkaryavah Bhaiyyaji Joshi, was the chief guest, veteran BJP leader Murli Manohar Joshi and many top RSS pracharaks and swayamsevaks, including secretary general of RSS’s science wing Vijnan Bharti Jaya Kumar and Rashtriya Sangthan Mantri of Bharatiya Kisan Sangh Dinesh Kulkarni were present. IGNCA’s new president Ram Bahadur Rai shared the stage with Joshi.