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Hindu culture being taught to Muslim children in Urdu medium schools

New Delhi: Delhi government schools also appear to be following in the footsteps of RSS educational bodies like Viddya Bharti and Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Sansthan etc where minor children or students (boy and girl) are being imparted education in non-Islamic and Hindu culture. This trend was found in GSKV Jama Masjid No. 2 Urdu medium school where minor girls in nursery classes are being told by Jyoti Madam, on the pretext of good or bad manners, to touch the feet of their teachers, greet them with namastay with folded hands. When parents of some of these children objected to it, School’s Vice Principal Mrs. Neelam Sachdeva defended Jyoti Madam and said that in nursery classes good and bad manners are taught to children because this is included in one of the lessons of the book. Education officer Ashok Kumar clarified that their touching the feet of teachers by way of respect and greeting them with namastay with folded hands is nothing wrong in and if parents object to it, we shall stop this practice from tomorrow.

Parents and guardians argue that 5 or 6 years old minor girls of nursery class have no sense of objecting to these and at this impressionable age they will learn whatever they are taught. Muslim members of SMC also are silent on this practice and they do not raise any objection to it. Hence parents body and Muslim social and educational organisations should take up this matter with Delhi’s education minister Manish Sisodia and request him to get this and other such practices stopped.

It may be stated in this connection that Viddya Bharti, Akhil Bhartiya Shiksha Sansthan etc are RSS wings or branches set up in 1978 under which about 13 thousand schools are being run in the country and there are about 17 lakh students and approximately 47 thousand teachers. Viddya Bharti’s national programme consists of 5 subjects viz physical education, yoga, music, Sanskrit and moral education. In addition to these, Hindu culture and civilization, Hindu mythological stories and education are also imparted to children in these schools. GSTA (Government Schools Teachers Association) is an organisation of teachers.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 June 2016 on page no. 14

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