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Shiv Sena comes to BJP’s rescue, says ‘move to classify madrasas as non-schools not anti-religious’

The Sena said the government has made it clear that not only madrasas but even religious institutions of other faiths will be classified as non-schools

By: Press Trust of India | Mumbai | Published: July 4, 2015 1:06 pm
Shiv Sena, madrasa, madrasas in Maharashtra, Maharashtra government, BJP govt, madrasa de-recognised, Muslim madrasas, Muslims Maharashtra Uddhav speaks at a joint Sena-BJP campaign rally in Navi Mumbai. (Source: Express Photo by Narendra Vaskar)

Amid outrage over Maharashtra government’s decision to de-recognise madrasas which only educate students on Islam, the Shiv Sena today said the move should not be seen as one intended to strike a blow to religious education in the state.

The Sena came down heavily on those opposing the state government’s decision and said that protests are being held only due to fears that if Muslims start thinking independently, parties, whose existence lies on playing vote-bank politics will be in danger.

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“The government has taken a decision to treat madrasas that do not teach subjects like English, Science and Mathematics as non-schools. This move should not be seen as one which is pre-conceived or which is intended to strike a blow to religious education. On the contrary, this should be taken as a way to get Muslim children in the mainstream,” the Sena said in an edit in its mouthpiece ‘Saamana.’

It further sought to know what is wrong in bringing children who are studying in madrasas to the mainstream and where is the question of spreading communalism with the initiative.

“Muslims have been caught between Islam, Islamic education and extremism. Thus, while the world is progressing with each passing day, Muslims are only stuck between ignorance and illiteracy,” it said.

“If Muslims too start thinking independently, what will happen to the contractors of Islam and parties like the Congress that thrive on such vote bank politics? This is what is leading them to oppose the government’s decision,” it added.

The Sena said the government has made it clear that not only madrasas but even religious institutions of other faiths will be classified as non-schools and thus, the government’s move should not be seen as a revenge against the Muslim community.

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  1. I
    Jul 4, 2015 at 2:44 pm
    Make schools more and more religious (Sanskrit, yoga, Gita) etc., and then ban religious places and education, pleading "oh, we are not anti-muslim, we are recognizing all religious schools." The side protesting these changes always loses.
    1. H
      Jul 4, 2015 at 5:15 pm
      May be blessing in disguise. Now a days every kid must know english. It is good for them.
      1. K
        Jul 4, 2015 at 1:44 pm
        I hope now muslims will not go against this decision atleast... Good move by naharashtra govt
        1. R
          Jul 5, 2015 at 12:32 am
          Even if we are khakhi nikker walas, we do not end up blasting our countrymen, or go on killing spree. If we were so bad, you would not be in position to write these comments today....accept reality. you have more freedom in this nation....than what you will ever get as a Muslim in middle-east or in stan or any other Muslim nation.... So just because you and your people have problem with everything what other community says, does not mean we are bad people.... How do you survive at work? of course there you work with Majority people?? or you have to fake your behavior to get ry at work place?
          1. R
            Jul 5, 2015 at 12:28 am
            Y not? by learning in Madrasa, these students get exposed to religious activities. What about getting a good job? what about mixing in society? what about growing high in society? Did you grow up to write and talk in English in Madrasa?? are you a product of Madrasa? or you are just advocating it because you are a Muslim? In the name of minority, and vote bank no one wanted Muslims to get towards modified way of thinking and due to lack of these, today we have a community which is lagging in many ways in society.
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