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Meal offered as bhog in temples rejected by madrasahs

Bhopal: More than 50 Islamic madrasahs of Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain district have refused to accept mid-day meals supplied by the government which are given to them after offering these as bhog and artis to Hindu gods in temples. The argument of madrasahs is that a portion of these mid-day meals is offered as artis which is unacceptable to Muslims and hence the (madrasah teachers) will neither themselves eat nor give these to students to eat. Parents of madrasah students also objected to it when they came to know about it. Madrasa authorities and teachers said that parents of students have threatened that if their children are given such meals to eat, they will withdraw their children and not send them to madrasahs. According to Madrasah Educational Committee’s chairman, the quality of mid-day meals for these students also is not good. Their demand is that mid-day meals given to students should be got cooked in the madrasahs and then given to the students. It is said that supply of mid-day meals is being arranged from the year 2010 onwards till date by SKCONS (Shri Krishna Conscious Society) Food (institution)’s Shri Jagannath mandir which Muslim Islamic Schools and Madrasahs have now refused to take.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-30 September 2016 on page no. 14

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