Row after RSS affiliate asks madrasas to hoist Tricolour on Republic Day

The Islamic seminary has objected to the MRM's call and asked the RSS whether it "believed" in the Constitution of India and the national flag.

By: PTI | Lucknow | Published:January 12, 2016 5:32 pm
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An RSS affiliate’s advice to madrasas to hoist the national flag on campuses on Republic Day has drawn criticism from prominent Islamic seminary Darul-uloom-Deoband, prompting the Muslim Rashtriya Manch to clarify it never doubted the patriotism of these institutions.

The Islamic seminary has objected to the MRM’s call and asked the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) whether it “believed” in the Constitution of India and the national flag.

Ashraf Usmani, press secretary of the seminary said though the decision to unfurl the national flag was the individual choice of madrasas, almost all of them hoist it and celebrate Independence and Republic days.

Hitting out at RSS, Usmani wanted to know the Sangh’s contribution to the national freedom struggle in which he said madrasas had played an important role.

“It (RSS) only worships the saffron flag. First it should hoist tricolour at its headquarters and other offices and only the it should talk about madrasas,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Muslim Rashtriya Manch has clarified its intention behind the campaign was not to test or doubt the patriotism of the religious educational institutions.

“We have been appealing the madrassas to hoist national flag on January 26 and August 15 for the last five years,” national convenor of MRM Mohammad Afzal told PTI.

“Since this time our government is at the Centre, we are planning to organise the event on a large scale, but this doesn’t mean that the Manch has any doubt about the patriotism of madarasas or wants to target them through this campaign,” he said.

Afzal said all citizens should hoist the tricolour on important national events.

“MRM workers will hoist flag at madrasas in their areas on January 26. Being a Muslim we will talk about madrasas. Muslims love their motherland and salute the tricolour,” he said.

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    MK
    Jan 15, 2016 at 1:57 am
    Why this suggestion coming from RSS. Isn't it same RSS which has objection in accepting tricolor as national flag? Isn't it same which has objection to conution? Isn't it same which had almost 3 times ban from india Gov on basis of anyti national acts? Yes, all must hoist tri color on republic and independence day and all are doig it. But RSS does not have credibilty to show such administrative power. Gov india is capable of doing this. RSS need to first clean their own hands before advising others. They first need to read the consution and follow it before trying to become smart.
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      Afzal Ahmad
      Jan 13, 2016 at 3:35 pm
      RSS has there own flag. And they raise there own flag not National Flag on Independence Day and Republic Day. Are they patriotics ??? Who are they to ask others to raise the flag. They hoisted their saffron flag and not national flag on every occasion for more than fifty years even after independence unless Supreme Court ordered them to hoist national flag. Right from their formation to fighting for independence and inating father of nation, there are numerous incidences linked with RSS which are against the interest of nation. A few of them are quote below by knowledgeable persons.
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        Md Ameer
        Jan 13, 2016 at 5:27 am
        Brush up your history of the war of 1857 folk, it is always better to have an informed view rather than spoonfed by the fanatics of khaki.
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          Md Ameer
          Jan 13, 2016 at 5:24 am
          You should read history and should also know that most of the communal riots were engineered by this org, and the in of the Father of the nation too inspired with their ideology. Another proof of their nationalism is their defiance of the highest court of the land by demolishing the Babri Masjid,and not to forget people who are involved in Samjhauta and other blasts.
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            Anil Tandale
            Jan 14, 2016 at 3:46 am
            National flag is permitted to be hoisted freely on Independence Day and Republic Day. Why this suggestion irks Madrasas? The loyalty of RSS is only to India, what about Madrasas? Why the caption "Row"?
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              Dhurandar Bhatawdekar
              Jan 13, 2016 at 6:56 pm
              RSS must mind their own business. But on the other hand what's there to loose "zhunda chadahao" RSS ka band bajao
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                Dhurandar Bhatawdekar
                Jan 13, 2016 at 7:02 pm
                you cannot force anyone to be patriots, it comes from within. If you are a patriot do not force it to others. Make them feel at home in India, be just to them when they seek Justice, do not dictate their diet, do not raze their Masjids to the ground, do not jail innocent Muslim kids, do not commit fake police encounter on their people, do not discriminate them when it to employment opportunities, do not burn their businesses, do not rape their women the list is endless. When everything is taken care of you'll see they'll teach a bit or two to you about patriotism.
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                  Rajesh
                  Jan 12, 2016 at 12:27 pm
                  For Mullah pigs, raising the national flag is controversial. These jihadis would have no problem if you wanted to raise ISIS flag or some green flag, but the flag of India is unacceptable for them.
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                    PUSPARAJ SAHOO
                    Jan 15, 2016 at 10:20 am
                    Jai Hind! For Your information the Flag Code has been amended in 2001 and now you can hoist our National Flag every day from sun rise to sun set subject to the procedures and respect. we have conducted the clroom training for our National Flag in Maharastra ,Bihar and Odisha schools. This is focussed on the use of our National Flag. Atmasamman Trust is very focussed on the patriotic values. Jai Hind! we need more support to do this.
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                      Ken Patel
                      Jan 15, 2016 at 10:44 am
                      Totally untrue. Yes they have their flag but for RSS our national flag is the one that counts. They do not swear their allegiance to any other flag! Afzal you can check it out. RSS as opposed to most Muslim organizations will never compromise our national interests.
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                        jugal
                        Jan 13, 2016 at 5:40 am
                        RSS flies saffron bifurcated flag ....what i have experienced in my town.....it always tells lies.....
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                          kjingar
                          Jan 12, 2016 at 12:53 pm
                          Question: why the madarsa are not hoisting the tri color? Every citizen must feel proud of the tri color.
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                            L Srikanthan
                            Jan 12, 2016 at 1:27 pm
                            MRM should be appreciated .
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                              Mariam Redippali
                              Jan 13, 2016 at 7:21 am
                              Rss Rashtriya is all set with its new venture for taking steps to save christian communuity
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                                Me Marathi
                                Jan 12, 2016 at 3:03 pm
                                Madra's are potential fanatics breeding hubs. This truth is known from decades. But actions should start now to red mark these , put surveillance system and evaluate them on minute to minute basis for any fanatic deviations. If found guilty , the perpetrators shall be deported permanently to sharia land, or shot , if necessary.
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                                  rakeshkapila
                                  Jan 12, 2016 at 1:28 pm
                                  Just go to any of the neighboring middle eastern countries and find the level of tolerance for other faiths is 1000th of what you see in India. Flying a simple tricolor is a very small effort to ensure the long term safety and the well being of their communities in India. There exists no Hindu temple in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait and in UAE except one is allowed in Oman, just out side the limits of a city. Time to wake up to the reality of these fanatics and religious fundamentalist in the 21st century guys!
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                                    vijay
                                    Jan 12, 2016 at 12:45 pm
                                    RSS is an excellent goalkeeper for BJP team, yet sometimes it does a self-goal. This was an example, I suppose.
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                                      Sabir
                                      Jan 12, 2016 at 4:13 pm
                                      Why RSS is hoisting saffron color flag at all of its venues?
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                                        Shah
                                        Jan 12, 2016 at 1:13 pm
                                        RSS has there own flag. And they raise there own flag not National Flag on Independence Day and Republic Day. Are they patriotics ??? Who are they to ask others to raise the flag.
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                                        1. जनक भट्ट
                                          Jan 12, 2016 at 12:15 pm
                                          इसमें गलत क्या कहा ? इस देश के सभी नागरिको को यह करना चाहिए | पर मुस्लिम कोई "विशेष" समाज हो,कानून से पर हो ऐसे हर वक़्त वर्तणुक क्यों करते है ||
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                                            S.M.PASGA
                                            Jan 26, 2016 at 12:06 pm
                                            THE SANGH PARIVAR WHICH PRETENDS TO LOVE AND RESPECT THE CONSUTION OF OUR MOTHERLAND OUGHT TO KNOW THAT THERE IS NO LAW IN THE LAND WHICH COMPELS AND/OR MADRASAS TO HOIST NATIONAL FLAG ON THE INDEPENDENCE OR REPUBLIC DAY. S.M.PASHA
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