A day after Muslim clerics issued a fatwa against performing the Guinness recordbreaking Surya Namaskar attempt, the Isai Mahasangh on Wednesday, a day before the event, termed the government’s move as unconstitutional.
Isai Mahasangh (IMS) made it clear that it will be approaching the Guinness World Records authorities asking them not to include MP Government sponsored Surya Namaskar, which promotes communal discord in a multi-religious society. IMS, State General Secretary, Jerry Paul said, “We have different religious followers living together in the state.
Government is trying to divide the young minds by introducing religious activities pertaining to a particular religion. The circular issued by the education department has made it compulsory for educational institutions to conduct it and also invite different sections of people for the same. It has violated the 2009 Madhya Pradesh High Court Order by making it mandatory for schools to organise the ritual of Surya Namaskar.”
The Isai Mahasangh has alleged that the education department verbally pressurised many schools to conduct Surya Namaskar. Many private schools on condition of anonymity also said that they didn’t want to be part of any controversy. National convener of National Secular Manch LS Hardenia said that Surya Namaskar is a part of Hindu worship, which should not be allowed in the schools as it violates the constitution. “It has also violated Article 28 of the Indian Constitution, which clearly states that, no religious instruction shall be provided in any educational institution wholly maintained out of State funds.
It also requires that the State Government must seek consent of the guardian to impart any religious instruction to minors but the Government has not done that either. So it is a clear violation of the Constitution of India,” said John Antony, the State Office Secretary of IMS.
IMS along with the co-ordination committee for Indian Muslims also alleged that the State Government is trying to communalise education through very many ways, blatant violation of Constitution is taking place, the Union Government must look into the matter.
Sajid Siddiqui of co-ordination committee of Muslim said that they have decided to move to the high court against the government decision of performing Surya Namaskar in the schools. On the other hand government has reiterated that participation in the event is completely optional and is not religious in nature.