Rajasthan govt orders blood donation camps on ideologue’s anniversary; Muslims say it cancels Eid holiday

The move has irked Muslim groups who say the dates were likely to coincide with Eid-ul-Zuha or Bakr Eid, which could fall on 24th or 25th September

Written by Mahim Pratap Singh | Jaipur | Updated: September 9, 2015 3:49 pm
Rajasthan, bakrid, rajasthan blood donation, blood donation camps in rajasthan, vasundhara raje, rajasthan government, muslims in rajasthan A screenshot of the Rajasthan government circular which has ordered for blood donation drives across government and private colleges

Muslim groups in Rajasthan have threatened to move the High Court against a Rajasthan government order for organising blood donation camps in all government and private colleges on 25th September, the birth anniversary of Jan Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyay, saying the dates were likely to coincide with Eid and would mean cancellation of a national holiday for thousands of Muslim employees.

The government order dated 2nd September – a copy of which is with The Indian Express – directs principals of all government as well as private colleges to not grant leave to any staff member on 24th September.

The order, which has drawn sharp reactions from the opposition, also restrains college staff from leaving the college headquarters around the time.

The move has irked Muslim groups who say the dates were likely to coincide with Eid-ul-Zuha or Bakr Eid, which could fall on 24th or 25th September, based on the sighting of the crescent moon.

“This is a clear violation of human rights of Muslim employees. Eid-ul-Zuha is the biggest festival for Muslims and an official event that day would deny people from celebrating it,” says Salim Engineer, national secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind.

“They are saying it is vountary but how can that be when there are clear orders to not grant leave. We will meet the chief secretary about this and also file a writ petition in the High Court,” he said.

The opposition Congress slammed the government’s move, saying the BJP was unnecessary creating grounds for confrontation in secular spheres like education.

“The decision is malafide in nature. Deendaya Upadhyay was never a part of the government. If the BJP wants to celebrate his birth anniversary, they should do it at the party level. Why are they denying leave to Muslims on an important festival which is a gazetted holiday,” former chief minister Ashok Gehlot told The Indian Express.

Secular teachers associations too, criticized the government’s order.

“The BJP government clearly wants to saffronise education. Deen Dayal Upadhyay subscribed to a particular ideology, that of Hindutva. Why does the government want to impose it on everyone,” Prakash Mishra, spokesperson of the Rajasthan Shikshak Sangh (Shekhawat) said.

The government however defended its decision saying participation in the event would be voluntary.

“The blood donation exercise would be completely voluntary and no student would be forced to come to college that day,” Commissioner, College Education, Rajendra Prasad Sharma told The Indian Express.

But what about the “no leave for staff” order?

“Well if some staff member wishes to avail leave that day, he or she is free to do that, provided they seek permission from the principal,” Sharma said.

Here’s the full order of the Rajasthan government:

Rajasthan govt circular

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    Ram Yadav
    Sep 9, 2015 at 7:23 pm
    If you have concern go and live in as MOAHIRS there they will teach you lesson how to live. when you get all the benefits on the name religion (Macca trip,Reservations in jobs and education and loans in the banks ) no complaints shame on you jokes you live her get all the benefits, when GOVT want bring anything new you start barking , what you think you are still in PKAI shut up and just listen, otherwise go and live in syria and Iraq got it . You should say thanks to all HINDUS majority of them is secular and allow you jokers to live in our country got it
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      Islamic girl
      Sep 16, 2015 at 12:18 pm
      Bkraid k din blood donate krne se dindayal jinda nhi hone wala ..rss nd bjp ka dllq hi to tha hm kyu uski jaynti ko mnaye
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        Anurag Srivastava
        Sep 9, 2015 at 5:33 pm
        Nobody is trying to stop the EID Holiday. Muslims in this country have always have grievance. If they are not satisfied, then they can leave the country and settle in some other islamic country.
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        1. Arani Banerjee
          Sep 9, 2015 at 3:37 pm
          This is bizarre. Who is Deen Dayal Upadhyay. Never heard of him till I came to Delhi.
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          1. Atul Gurtu
            Sep 9, 2015 at 3:44 pm
            One can see the clear pattern emerging. Last year 25 Dec, Christmas Day, which also happens to be Vajpayee's birthday, was announced as good governance day and govt employees were expected to attend office or arrange some function, now It's Deendayal Upadhaya day! Brazen targeting of minorities. Does this government want to break up the country before their 5-year term is over? They talked of Congress-mukt Bharat. One won't be left with any Bharat at all at this rate.
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