The police action against JNU students and the conditions leading to Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula's suicide are not isolated incidents, but part of a larger project to change India into a "Hindu Rashtra", CPI - M general secretary Sitaram Yechury said on Thursday.
"What happened in JNU is not matter restricted to only one university. You have seen what happened in Pune, Allahabad, Jadavpur, various places, " Yechury said, participating in the ongoing debate in the Rajya Sabha on unrest in universities.
He said there was interference in the order which was not sanctioned by law, demanding a house committee be set up to go into "all these issues. "
"You will see an effort in the field of education and higher education in general of what I would describe as an effort to replace Indian history with mythology, to replace the rich philosophy by Hindu theology. This is the larger project at work. " said Yechury.
"This is the project the government is patronising. The project of metamorphosing India's secular democratic republic into what they call a Hindu Rashtra. This is an attack on Indian constitution, " said the leader of the Communist Party of India - Marxist.