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13 August 2017, 12:55 | Darnell Patrick
Yogi Adityanath's Independence day diktat for madrasas: hoist tricolour, sing national anthem, record it on camera
The madarsa authorities will also have to click photographs of their celebration of the Independence Day and send the same to the madarsa board office. The madrasa students will have to sing patriotic songs and take part in sports events on Independence Day, the celebrations of which must end with the distribution of candies among all. The programmes will conclude with the distribution of candies, says the circular.
However, Maulana Khailid Rashid Firangimahali, a prominent Sunni cleric took affront of the circular asserting that madrasas had always been a part of Independence Day celebrations.
Earlier in the day, the UP MSP issued a circular in this regard and asked all madrasas affiliated to it to comply with its orders. The entire function has to be videographed.
Similar notices were circulated by CBSE to all its school for organization of cultural activities on Independence Day in all its affiliated schools.
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Along with the circular, the UP Madarsa Education Board has also sent text of National Anthem in both Hindi and Urdu.
The Yogi Adityanath-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government had asked madarsas affiliated to the UP Madarsa Shiksha Parishad to pay tribute to freedom fighters and hold cultural programmes on August 15. "Through cultural programmes, students of the modern generation, will be made aware about freedom movement and martyrs".
Adding to the order, the chairman of the MP Madrasa Board, Syed Imad Uddin, told ANI that it's a routine order to celebrate the I-Day. In the past, madarsas were only directed to hoist the national flag and recite the national anthem.
The minister also defended videography of programmes saying, "The videos of best programmes would be selected and will be screened in other madrasas so that students could draw inspiration from them".
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