Ranchi: Today, another BJP ruled state, Jharkhand, made the national anthem mandatory in the Madarasas . This is inline with the strategy by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath. As per the government, it wants to inhibit nationalism and patriotism. This is mandatory for government funded madarsas.
Recently on August 15, the UP Government made the National Anthem mandatory in all the Madarasas of the state. Also, Yogi wanted to record the participation as a proof of compliance. This order of the government looked reasonable to many as Madarasas are part of Indian republic.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Raghubar Das, speaking on the occasion, said that it is necessary for all students to sing national antherm, pay tributes to the martyrs of the freedom struggle and organize cultural programs based on national integration.
Traditionally, Madarasas do not sing the national anthem on any occasion, either be Independence Day or Republic Day celebrations. Madarasa is an Arabic word for any type of educational institution, a school, college or university and are secular. In countries like India, not all students in madrasas are Muslims.
Madrasas have their own curriculum which includes Arabic language - vocabulary, grammar, study of Islamic beliefs, Character (Akhlaq), History (Tariq), Memorisation (Hifdh), Recitation of the Quran in Arabic, Translation and explanation of the Quran, and Hadith(statements from and about Muhammad).
After 911, Madrasas image took a huge dent as many Madrasas in Pakistan and elsewhere in the world were involved in terrorism. The BJP-led state government had earlier this month asked Madrasas in the state to include those subjects in their curriculum to continue getting government funds. There are about 1.5 lakh students enrolled in 1900 madrasas in the state.
Recently, after the BJP government came to power in UP, Madrasas have been targeted as they dont have government approved curriculum. Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi of the BJP explained, "The education being provided by Madrasas is good, while some of them are incorporating mainstream education. Some of the Madrasas which don't have the means to do so, they need to be encouraged and given help."