Vijayapura: Mysuru-based Rangayana Director Addanda Cariappa, who is known for his proximity with the RSS, has asserted that he likes RSS because it is a patriotic organisation.
“Yes, I like RSS very much. Why only me, our Prime Minister Narendra Modi is from RSS, our President of India has RSS background and even Minister of Kannada and Culture V. Sunil Kumar too comes from RSS. Why are you always questioning me? As far as RSS is concerned, I like the organisation because it believes and preaches patriotism,” he said.
When asked about the controversy raised over invitation given by Rangayana to a rightwing activist Chakravarti Sulibele for the recently held Bahuroopi event, Cariappa said that he does not believe that Sulibele is a communal person or one who spreads communal agenda. “I don’t know what communalism is in the first place. Now, about Sulibele, I called him because I don’t think he is a communal man. Sulibele is an educated and intellectual person who preaches nationalism. He inspires people to become patriots. He has been actively working for the preservation of Indian culture and tradition and the soil. Considering all these aspects, I had invited him for the event. I will continue to invite people of my choice in coming days also,” he declared.
It may be noted that Cariappa drew sharp criticism from various activists for inviting Sulibele to deliver a lecture during Bahuroopi festival held at Rangayana a few weeks ago. Though many activists criticised Cariappa and urged him to drop the name of Sulibele from the invitees, Carriappa was determined on his stand. He also did not agree that Sulibele is a strong pro-Hindutva activist who believes in majoritarian theory and issues anti-minority statements.