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Muslim children in RSS schools: ignorance and insensitivity of Muslim leaders regrettable

 According to a report published in a pro-RSS Hindi newspaper, after the formation of Modi government at the centre, there has been an extraordinary increase in the number of minority community children in shishu mandirs, schools run by RSS and of these minority community students, the number of Muslim children is maximum i.e. around 70%. In these shishu madirs, every morning Lakshmi vandana, Saraswati vandana, Vande Mataram etc are sung and at the end of the prayer all children raise the slogan of Bharat Mata ki jai. This report is only about ‘Avadh’ area of RSS ‘terminology’ which includes 13 districts i.e. Lucknow, Sitapur, Hardoi, Unnao, Rai Bareily, Bahraich, Shravasti, Lakhimpur, Gonda, Balrampur, Barabanki, Faizabad and Ambedkar Nagar. Shishu Shiksha Samiti of RSS Shakha’s Vidya Bharti runs 87 schools in urban areas whereas another organisation, Awami Ta’limi Committee runs 245 schools in rural areas. Total number of students in these schools is about 78 thousand and of these also, about 23 thousand students are reading in shishu mandirs and the remaining 55 thousand or so read in rural schools run by Awami Talimi Committee (ATC).

According to this report, about 6600 of these students belong to minority communities and the number of Muslim students (of these 6600) is 4573. Further, according to this report, during the past about 3 years the number of Muslim students in RSS-run schools is continuously increasing. During the academic year 2014-15 the number of Muslim children was 3227 and in 2015-16 their number increased to 3857 and during the current year 716 more (Muslim) children took admission in these schools. There are Muslim teachers also in these RSS-run schools. It is further stated in this report that the number of Muslim teachers in 87 schools of Shishu Shiksha Samiti is 7 whereas their (Muslim teachers) number in Awami Ta’limi Committee schools is only 4 who not only arrange prarthnas (prayers) every morning but also try to instil the feeling of nationalism in these children. According to a member of the high-level committee constituted by RSS to look after and take care of these schools, Raj Kumar Singh who is also the state-level Inspector of Awami Talimi Committee, education about nationalism and (Indian) culture is imparted honourably to students of all religions in shishu mandirs and because of this, the number of minority community students (including Muslim) is increasing year after year.

Any way, the whole world knows that in all schools run by the RSS, education is imparted with a particular ideology and thinking in mind and the syllabus of these schools also is different from other schools in which Hinduism and Hindutva is given priority. Even in spite of all this, if Muslim parents prefer to send their children to RSS-run schools it is really a matter of concern and shows that Muslims are quite insensitive. Now there is no shortage of schools for children and private schools run by Muslims in lanes and by-lanes are mushrooming where though fees are high, proper education, better than in government schools is imparted. As regards shishu mandirs and other schools of RSS, free education is not imparted there and fees charged in these schools, as far as my knowledge goes, are the same as in other private schools. Even under these circumstances, if Muslim parents are sending their sons to these schools, it is a matter of serious consideration for us. In 13 districts of Avadh area only if the number of Muslim children in RSS-run schools is 4573, at national level the number of Muslim children at this ratio may be in lakhs. Does this not indicate that Muslims are becoming quite insensitive to their own culture and religion? Are they so innocent, or rather stupid and short-sighted that they don’t know how their children are being brainwashed in these schools and when their children come out of these schools, what will be their thinking, mental, social and religious outlook? Is it not the important and urgent duty of our social, religious and intellectual leaders to create awareness among Muslims to protect their children from sniping and being brainwashed by RSS? This is such a cultural, civilizational and religious aggression which if not checked now, it can lead to dangerous consequences in future.

Note: One thing stated above, however needs clarification: what organisation is this ‘Awami Talimi Committee’? Is this a government or a private secular organisation? If private and different from RSS, who finances the awami talimi mission? Since about 23000 of its (Awami Talimi Committee) 78 thosuand students are reading in shishu mandirs, as stated above, does it not indicate that there is some connection between RSS and Awami Talimi Committee? How is it that these 23 thousand students are reading in shishu mandirs as well as in ATC schools in rural areas? (Translated from Urdu by MG staff)

    Javed Qamar

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

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