Those opposing Chauhan’s appointment as FTII chairman are ‘anti-Hindu’, says RSS mouthpiece


The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has said in an article in its weekly ‘Organiser’ that those who are opposing BJP member Gajendra Chauhan’s appointment as Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) chairman are anti-Hindu.

In the article, it is said that “only a mentally challenged will challenge Chauhan’s credentials.”

The article, which was written by Sandeep Singh who is the founder of the website, also says “Chauhan, who is best known for his portrayal of…Yudhisthira in the TV serial Mahabharat…does not lack credentials.”

“He has worked in around 150 movies and over 600 TV serials and has an experience of 34 years in the industry,” it said.

“So, the question of credentials is not only a farce but it can very well be argued that all the credentials of students and regular faculties of FTII put together will be of no match to the credentials of Chauhan. Only a mentally challenged will challenge Chauhan’s credentials,” it added.

Superstar Salman Khan had recently become the latest in the line of Bollywood celebrities opposing FTII chairman Chauhan’s appointment at the helm, as students in Pune continue to protest for his ouster since more than a month now.

“He (Chauhan) should listen to the students and step down,” Salman had said during an interaction with reporters in Mumbai.

Following Salman’s comments, Chauhan hit back saying the superstar had kept his views and it is for the government to decide whether he should go or not.

Film personalities such as Anupam Kher, Resul Pookutty, Kiran Rao, Amol Palekar, Rajkummar Rao, Sudhir Mishra, Rishi Kapoor have all voiced their opinion against the appointment of Chauhan as chairman.