Gujarat: Groups oppose 'Bharat Mata pujan' and lectures in schools

Notification from Education Department gave all district education officers instructions to make sure that Bharat Mata Pujan is held in schools following prayer

IANSUpdated: Monday, August 01, 2022, 05:23 PM IST
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The Gujarat Rajya Prathmik Shikshak Sangh (GRPSS) and Jamiat Ulama Gujarat are opposed to the Gujarat Education Department's notification directing schools to do "Bharat Mata Pujan" and lectures beginning on August 1. Both organisations are opposed to the politicisation of education. Jamiat has argued against making it a requirement.

A notification from the Joint Director of Education Department on July 25, 2022, gave all district education officers instructions to make sure that Bharat Mata Pujan is held in schools following prayer.

The notification states: "On the request letter of the Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh (RSM), as a part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, Bharat Mata Pujan and a lecture should be organised in every school. Such programmes will generate patriotism."

"The notification was opposed by GRPPS also," said Digvijaysinh Jadeja, president of GRPSS. He strongly believes that education should not be politicised and that "this is an attempt to give space to RSM to expand its wings in schools. RSM is promoted by Sangh," alleged Jadeja.

Jadeja also said: "When we opposed the notification, the Education Minister requested to extend support for nationalism."

Jamiat Ulama Gujarat General Secretary Nisar Ahmed Ansari, in a letter addressed to Joint Director (Education), has opposed the notification stating: "We warm-heartedly will join cultural programmes organised to celebrate Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav, but we are against the Bharat Mata Pujan. The said notification is issued on one organisation's request, no other organisation or stake holders were taken into confidence. Rashtriya Shaikshik Mahasangh does represent all sections of the society."

The letter further states: "In Islam, worship of idol is banned, Muslim believers can't do idol worship. The said notification is also in violation of the Indian Constitution that give rights to practice the religion one believe in. No where in the Constitution there is any mention of carrying out worship of Bharat Mata. Our prayer is to withdraw the notification."

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