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India rejects modernising offer of madrasas by Indonesia

India has rejected the proposal made by Indonesia for revamping and modernising Indian Madaras in a bid to avoid diplomatic hassle. The proposal was made by Indonesia at a UNESCO forum and India’s permanent representative to UNESCO had at that point of time supported the project. India’s constraint towards proposal by Indonesia may have come in the aftermath of a US diplomatic cable released by Wikileaks in December 2010 revealed how the US and UK were trying to influence madrasa curriculum in Bangladesh, in association with governments of that country. Although, the ministry is against intervention in religious instruction, but, it favours financial aides to madrasas imparting scientific knowledge along with religious studies.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 March 2011 on page no. 19

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