Assam CM’s Madrassa Policies ‘Anti-Minorities, Anti-Education’

Date:

Waquar Hasan | Clarion India

NEW DELHI – The policies adopted by Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma with regard to madrassas in the state are being as seen “anti-minorities” and “anti-education” after he recently asked the police to work with Muslims “to rationalise” religious institutions.  

”The police, under the directive of Director General of Police B.J. Mahanta, are working with the Muslim community to rationalise madrassa education. Instead of considering them as enemies, we are making them stakeholders,” he said on Sunday.

Madrassa teachers from outside the state will have to appear at the nearest police station and a database of teachers will be maintained. Science and mathematics will be taught in madrassas, he said.

Talking to Clarion India about Sarma’s policies, Burhanuddin Qasmi, a madrassa pass-out who runs a school, described them as “anti-education” and “anti-minorities”.

“His policies will take education in the state backward. The policies show his bias, prejudice and ignorance about the madrassas. Earlier, he had remarked that the madrassas don’t produce certain kinds of people. I had written a long article in response to it,” said Qasmi, who also edits ‘Eastern Crescent,’ a monthly magazine based in Mumbai. 

Qasmi hails from Assam’s Karimganj.

Qasmi pointed out that the people of Assam had elected a madrassa pass-out as an MLA who sat with Himanata in the assembly. He was referring to Rafiqul Islam Qasmi, a former MLA from All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF). The former legislator studied at Darul Uloom Deoband and taught at Guwahati University.

“If somebody is providing religious education, why are you so troubled by that…. if you will harass those who run educational institutions, people will stop promoting education. That’s why I call the CM’s policies anti-education,” he said.

Others too have criticised Himanata Biswa Sarma’s remarks on madrassas. AIMMIM chief and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi, slammed the chief minister and questioned his intent.

“Assam is not a foreign country where Indians have to ask for your permission. Right to occupy, move and settle in any part of India is a fundamental right,” Owaisi said in a tweet.

“What about teachers in RSS-run schools? What if other states start putting the same requirement on people from Assam?” he asked.

According to Qasmi, Sarma’s controversial policies are meant to appease a section of his voters. “He wants to polarise and appease a section of voters. This is his only motive. He wants to show how he can harass a particular community,” Qasmi said.

Share post:

Popular

More like this
Related

Abhishek Banerjee Hails LS Polls, Says Results Have Crushed BJP’s Arrogance and Pride into Dust

The TMC leader also accused BJP of 'abusing central...

Gaza War: Israel Blocks Hajj for 2,500 Palestinian Pilgrims From Gaza

Israel's capture of the Rafah border crossing has prevented...

9714 Hindu Students in MP Madrasas Must be Sent to Regular Schools, Says  NCPCR Chief

BHOPAL — National Commission for Protection of Child Rights...

400-Paar Slogan Loudly Reflected Arrogance: Sachin Pilot at Oxford University

Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Friday criticised the Bharatiya...