New Delhi : Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday mounted a blistering attack on the RSS for its attempt to capture all institutions in the country.

He told a gathering of the university teachers at the Siri Fort auditorium here that BJP president Amit Shah had described India as a “sone ki chidiya” (golden bird).

“What we are fighting is the attempted capture of this ‘golden bird’ by RSS. They view it as a product, how to utilise it and then decide who utilises it. Education institutions, Supreme Court, Election Commission–all these are systematically being captured,” Rahul said.

He said the reason behind this attack on the institutions is that there are monetary benefits for the RSS. Warning the professors on the evil design of the RSS to control education, he said: “The Indian teaching system must be allowed to have its own voice and allowed to express itself.”

Rahul went on the promise that the Congress once back in power will reverse the centralisation of power done by the Modi government. “We will restore autonomy to institutions.”

He said the government should put money in education as a strategic resource. Every government has had successes since Independence, but today an ideology is being thrust on the teachers and he understands that.

Rahul went on to stress that foundation of the system is the public education system. He said this doesn’t mean no space for private institutions, but the guiding light should be public  institutions.

Turning to RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat’s declaration that “we are going to organise the nation,” the Congress President asked: “Who is he to organise the nation? The nation will organise itself.” Exuding confidence, he said in the next couple of months, their fantasy will be smashed.

He said a country of over a billion people cannot be run on one single idea as Prime Minister Modi and the RSS chief are contemplating. “The fact that we allow our people to express is the real strength of our country,” he said.

Rahul said when Modi came to power, a Gujarat cadre IPS officer was chosen to head the Special Protection Group (SPG) that protects the prime minister and his families. “The officer told me that he refused a list of SPG officers handpicked by RSS, and that is why he was sent home.”

He said there are two visions of India. “Our vision is India constituting its people and the only way to understand India is to talk to its people.

“For me, it is impossible to lead India, without having a conversation with India. The idea is that I should be a reflection of what is in your hearts.”

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