Madrasas in Uttar Pradesh told to celebrate Independence Day in style
There are 16,461 madrasas in Uttar Pradesh. The advisory asks them to send a report on the celebrations to the government. But madrasas say they will object if asked to present evidence of the celebrations.
The Uttar Pradesh government has asked all madrasas [Islamic religious schools] to celebrate Independence Day in style. A government advisory says that the day should be celebrated with fervour and tributes should be paid to the martyrs. It also instructed them to tell children of the contribution of freedom fighters.
Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Board Registrar SN Pandey sent a letter to all the Deputy Directors of the Minorities Department and District Minority Welfare Officers on Wednesday. The letter said, "You should instruct your department and all the madrasas of the district to celebrate Independence Day with traditional pomp and joy."
There are 16,461 madrasas in Uttar Pradesh. The letter advised them to organise better programs and send a report to the board. Apart from hoisting the flag and singing the national anthem, they have been asked to pay tribute to the martyrs, highlight the importance of Independence Day, talk about the freedom struggle and tell students about the freedom fighters. It also instructs them to plant trees, organise cultural programs and sports activities.
Dewan Sahan Zaman, president of Teachers Union Madaris Arabia, said that there was nothing new in this. Such an advisory has been issued every year after the formation of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's government. This is the third year that such a letter has come. Zaman said, "Earlier such letters were not issued by the board. If the District Minority Welfare Officer wants the report, then they will get the report. But if they ask for evidence of Independence Day celebration, we will object to it. We have been celebrating Independence Day all the time. It is a matter of pride for us."
[Autotranslated from Hindi]