by Shubhangi Khapre

A low-profile Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) pracharak, Datta Didolkar, who went on to co-found its students’ organisation Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) in 1949, is set to be celebrated now.

Thirty-three years after his death, the University Grants Commission (UGC) issued a letter to colleges in Maharashtra on November 21, urging them to celebrate his birth centenary.

The Yuva Sena, the student wing of the Shiv Sena (UBT), has questioned the directive. “The RSS/ BJP should organise programmes (to commemorate Didolkar) privately with their own funds. Why are they making it mandatory for all universities and colleges to participate?” the Yuva Sena said.

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