BJP opposes Madrasa grant from Rajasthan government after Himanta says they shouldn’t exist


After Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma sparked a row with his “The word Madrasa should cease to exist” argument, former Rajasthan Education Minister and BJP MP Vasudev Devnani , has raised questions about the Rajasthan government grant to Madrasas. While addressing exclusively Republic Television, the MP said that teaching only one particular religion in an educational institution creates fundamentalism. The statement comes after Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot earlier announced state government grants for madrasas in the state.

Talk to Republic TelevisionBJP MLA Vasudev Devnani said: “First of all, it is very clear…In a secular country like India, the government cannot teach a particular religion in their institution. Because when other religions are not taught and only one religion is taught, this is a matter of concern. This is not a constitutional clause. Secondly, when a child goes to school, he studies with other children, putting end to religious differences.

“If the government teaches something where only the Quran is taught and nothing else, it is nothing but religious education. It creates fundamentalism. The world is troubled by people who study in Madrasa “There the mentality becomes different and Madrasa studies are not in accordance with India’s feelings. Governments should stop government subsidies for Madrasas. If our government comes to power, we will work to ban Madrasas” , he added.

Earlier today, taking to Twitter, the MP asked how a government in an institution can only teach one particular religion. He also mentioned that every student should receive a secular and scientific education and that parents should provide religious education if they deem it necessary. He wrote in Hindi: “Why in Assam, why not in Rajasthan? Closed Madrasa in Assam – How can a government subsidized madrasa teach only one particular religion? Every Indian student should receive a secular and scientific education. Parents should give religious education at home if they deem it necessary”

CM Himanta Biswa Sarma: “The word Madrasa should cease to exist”

Assam’s chief minister, while speaking at an event in Delhi on Sunday, said that as long as the word ‘madrasa’ exists, children cannot think of becoming doctors and engineers. “Until this word (madrasa) exists, children will not be able to think of becoming doctors and engineers. If you tell them that they will not become doctors or engineers if they study in Madrasas, they themselves will refuse to go.” he said.

He added: “Teach the Quran to your children, but at home. Admitting children to Madrasas is a violation of their human rights. All Muslims were Hindus. No one was born a Muslim (in India). Everyone was a Hindu in India. So if a Muslim child is extremely meritorious, I will give partial credit to his Hindu background.”

Amid the controversy, Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) and Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) came out in favor of Sarma, saying madrasas make people “isolated and separatist”.


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