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13 August 2017, 12:55 | Erica Roy
Yogi Adityanath. PTI file
An order by Madhya Pradesh Madrasa Board to its affiliated schools in the state to "compulsorily" observe Independence Day and send pictures of activities organised on the occasion has triggered a controversy here. As apparent through the image of the order shared by News Agency ANI, the Parishad has also outlined the events which should be organized on August 15 after the unfurling of the national flag.
The board has also asked the students to take out a "Tiranga rally" on the day.
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. Following this, tributes will be paid to martyrs of India's freedom struggle. A cultural program on national unity and sports events will follow then and the program will end with sweet distribution. The entire function has to be videographed. Syed Imamuddin, on the occasion of Independence Day, madarsa administrators will hoist the tricolour, take out rallies or join other such rallies and organise cultural programmes.
"It is a routine order to celebrate I-Day and when national flag is unfurled, national anthem will also be sung", said chairman of MP Madarsa Board.
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.
The state government has also warned the madrasas that if the directives aren't followed, the state will then withdraw government aid to these institutions.
Defending the directions to madarsas, Minority Affair minister Chaudhary Lakshmi Narayan said, "The madarsas recognised by UP Madarsa Education Board are funded by the state and are expected to celebrate all national festivals, including Independence Day". The programme should be concluded by candies distribution among the students.
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