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Conspiracy to deprive Muslims of education in Gujarat

Narender Modi dispensation has ensured that in his model ‘Hindu Prant (state)’ of Gujarat there is no place for Muslims now. The genocidal tendencies of the State government and its patrons at the Centre now make it amply clear that the Muslims of Bharat should rather make up their mind to live a life under the subjugation of Sangh Parivar communalists for a long time to come. 

In Round Two of the genocide in the state, Muslim students have been compelled to boycott their examinations because the state government could not guarantee their safety and safe return from the examination centres to their refugee camps. Not only this, the state government was even not ready to budge an inch from its already declared stand that it would be unable to provide the examination centres for the Muslim students in minority-friendly areas as was done in the case of Hindu students who were provided the examination centres in their own respective strongholds.

In a move which shows paucity of principles for the Gujarat government, the ‘helpless’ and ‘scary’ Muslim students had to grudgingly boycott the SSC and HSC examinations being conducted by the Gujarat State Examination Board (GSEB). The second phase of the secondary and higher secondary examinations in Gujarat was boycotted by 90% of the 14,000 Muslim students. The examinations which began on 18 March had to be postponed due to tension and outbreak of communal riots. Some violent incidents in the three cities of Bharuch, Modasa and Himatnagar had necessitated the cancellation of the examinations. At least 9,800 Muslim students who have all been affected during the riots in Ahmedabad, fearing for their lives, boycotted the board examinations beginning Thursday 18 April. Around 8.25 lakh students were to appear in the two examinations being conducted by GSEB at over 600 centres.

"In view of the extreme insecurity and grave threat perception prevailing in Ahmedabad, and, in particular, the recurring violence of recent days that is affecting students, and considering the persistent refusal of the authorities to re-allocate safer examination centres for minority community students, it was resolved that the Muslim community shall not participate in SSC and HSC examinations beginning 18 April," said M. H. Jowher, president, Society for the Promotion of Rational Thinking. Mr. Jowher asked: "Would any Hindu girl be ready to go to Juhapura if her examination centre was there? Is it not irrational to expect young Muslim girls to appear in examinations in Hindu-dominated areas?" The boycott decision was jointly taken by Gujarat Relief Committee chairman Afzal Memon, Habeeb Mev, M. H. Jowher, Mufti Shabbir Alam, Murtaza Khan Pathan, and several others.

In a separate statement to the press, Navaid Hamid, Secretary, Movement of Empowerment of Muslim Indians, said that the purpose of shifting the centres was either to discourage the Muslim students from appearing in the examinations or to put psychological constraints of safety on their minds during the examinations.

However, Gujarat Education Minister Mrs. Anandiben Patel said that the CBSE examinations were already being conducted in the state. "If the SSC and HSC examinations of the State Board were postponed again, there would have been a delay in the results, leading to denial of admission to Gujarat students in key courses outside the state," the minister said. Muslim students huddled in various relief camps said, "We have been living like prisoners for so long, how can we take the exams in this state of mind?" However, in Shah Alam refugee camp, most of the students did appear for the examinations since the Government had agreed to provide an examination centre to them in nearby areas, according to reports.

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