Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar story strongly denied that there were any political motives behind the UGC circular issued two day ago suggesting universities and educational institutions to celebrate September 29 as ‘Surgical Strike Day’,. Moreover, he asserted that it is it an occasion to commemorate Army’s efforts to protect the nation.
On the otherhand, he said that there was no ‘compulsion’ to for institutions or students to follow UGC’s circular. He said “On 29th September, we have asked colleges, those who want to, to arrange a lecture by ex-Army officers who can tell the students how defence forces defend the country and how the surgical strike was conducted.”
Javadekar’s reaction comes amid Opposition criticism that the BJP-led central government was “politicising” surgical strikes. TMC leader and West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee’s criticised the BJP-led central government, accusing it of trying to ‘malign and politicise’ the Army.
Questioning BJP’s motives, Congress leader Kapil Sibal said “UGC directs VC’s of all universities to celebrate 29th September as Surgical Strike Day. Is this meant to educate or to serve BJP’s political ends?” Sibal tweeted.