UP school against reciting national anthem, says nation cannot be above god

Basic Shiksha Adhikari Jaikaran Yadav told IndianExpress.com that the school was among many others which are not recognized by the government or education department.

Written by Namit Hans | New Delhi | Published:August 7, 2016 1:20 pm
national anthem, uttar pradesh, allahabad, am convent, independence day, god, religion, nation above god, islam, national anthem banned, school bans national anthem (Representational image) A school student waves the Indian Tri-Color flag during the National anthem sung in an event on the occasion of Independence Day at Carter Road, Bandra Express Photo by Amit Chakravarty 15-08-15, Mumbai

Ahead of Independence Day, a private school in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad has issued a shocking diktat refusing to allow recitation of national anthem to mark the day. The AM Convent school’s manager Zia-ul-Haq reportedly denied permission citing problems with a phrase in the national anthem.

According to reports, seven teachers including school principal resigned in protest against the diktat.

Basic Shiksha Adhikari Jaikaran Yadav told IndianExpress.com that the school was among many others which are not recognized by the government or education department. “We had already sent a notice to these schools including AM Convent asking them to close down their operations or we would register an FIR against them,” he said.

Yadav said that according to the information he has received, the school manager did not want recitation of national anthem because he had a problem with the phrase ‘bharat bhagya vidhata’ which contradicts the religious beliefs and states that nation is above god.

He also said that he has taken note of this and a team of local officials will be visiting the school on Monday to inquire about the entire incident.

IndianExpress could not contact the school manager.

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  1. R
    Jan 23, 2017 at 12:06 am
    Same problem here in US - don't worry! We have '...one nation under god..' in our pledge...the god folks INSERTED that line in 1954 cause they were afraid there was too little god in the US. Our insane courts have ruled that the word 'God' is NOT a religious reference! lt;br/gt;The future of the planet relies on moving away from religion ... and toward REASON.
  2. N
    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:40 am
    kairana failed aligarh failed vemula failed gau raksha failed kashmir failed NEeast failed - now hypernationalism pot kept boiling by RSSS / bjppp they have sponsorred this clash
  3. N
    Aug 7, 2016 at 10:09 am
    questions have been raised about its having been written in praise of George V, the king of England. This issue was brought up once again by Kalyan Singh on July 7, while speaking at a function organised by Rajasthan University. Singh, who was the Uttar Pradesh chief minister - courtsey IE jully 11 2015
  4. R
    Aug 7, 2016 at 9:30 am
    Simple...according to "liberals" this is a part of secularism, and minority rights...it is only wrong when somebody like Smriti Irani speaks...
  5. R
    Aug 7, 2016 at 8:43 am
    How come ' A M Convent' school can be a convent school. I studied in Christian school and all schools compulsory made it a point to learn National Anthem and taught us Vande Matharam.lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Government should immediately remove the word Convent. This is run by muslim man.
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    Satish Marathe
    Aug 7, 2016 at 5:35 pm
    Don't blame RSS if the nation is polarised on communal lines.lt;br/gt;It is not good for the belligerent section of the minority community.
  7. S
    Snehansh Kishore
    Aug 23, 2016 at 12:21 pm
    If nation cannot be above god,then ask the god to at least give food,shelter and clothes to those who are in need for it.But what this god actually does is let them struggle forever and with hardly any help and they say that nation cannot be bigger than god.LOL for all the illetrates who think that way.
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