Karnataka must ban madrassa education that spreads religious fanaticism !

The Hindu Janajagruti Samiti submits petition to Education Minister BC Nagesh

From left, Education Minister B.C. Nagesh and the state spokesperson of the Samiti Mr Mohan Gowda

Bengaluru (Karnataka) : A delegation of Hindu Janajagruti Samiti met with Karnataka Education Minister BC Nagesh, Kannada and Culture Minister Sunil Kumar, BJP State Chief N. Ravikumar and other ministers and requested them to raise the serious issues like a ban on education imparted in madrassas, a ban on the ‘Popular Front of India’ (PFI) (which is involved in terrorist activities) in the assembly. State spokesperson of the Samiti Mr Mohan Gowda, Hindutva leader Mr Prashant Sambargi, Mr Puneet Kerehalli, Mr Mune Gowda, Advocate Thyagaraj, Mr Padmanabh Holla and others were part of the delegation.

Kannada and Culture Minister Sunil Kumar (second from left) and State Spokesperson of the Samiti Mr Mohan Gowda

The petition says,

1. Thousands of madrassas are being run with government subsidy in the state. Recently, it has been noticed that madrassas are spreading hatred against the Hindu majority while also indoctrinating the students with antinational ideas. Some madrassa teachers and students of the state have been arrested in connection with terrorist activities.

2. Today, madrassa students, teachers and Maulvis (Islamic religious leader) are involved in some of the riots, murders, hate speech cases across Karnataka. After the recent murder of innocent Kanhaiyalal in Udaipur, Rajasthan, Kerala Governor Arif Mohammad Khan said, ‘Bigotry is being propagated in madrassas in the country; Therefore, madrassa education should be stopped’, he said emphatically. Not only this, the former president of the Shia Central Waqf Board, Wasim Rizvi (now Jitendra Tyagi), said madrassas teach anti-nationalism and insisted that madrassa education should be stopped.

3. The Assam government has closed most of the madrassas in the state and counted them as ordinary public schools after the arrest of madrassa clerics in connection with terrorist activities in Assam. Not only this, the government of Uttarakhand has de-recognised 17 madrassas there. The Uttar Pradesh government has also ordered a survey of more than 7 thousand madrassas while investigating anti-national activities. Incidents of sexual harassment of girls have been revealed in some madrassas. Not only this, the Chairman of the National Child Rights Commission, Priyank Kanoongo, has said that the rights of children are being violated by madrassas and that madrassas are grossly violating the Right to Education Act 21.

4. This issue is extremely important for the security of the state and to protect the atmosphere of religious harmony in the state. So the government should take this matter seriously and de-recognize madrassa education in the state of Karnataka.

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