Several Lucknow-based madarsas are preparing to screen Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Teachers’ Day speech to students on Friday.
Accordingly, TV sets have been installed in these madarsas in the Uttar Pradesh capital.
Maulana Jafar Abbas of Jame-atot-Tableegh madarsa in Thakurganj told HT, “Despite differences in ideology, we don’t see any reason to oppose this gesture of the PM to reach out to the student community.”
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Madarsa students in Lucknow prepare to listen to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech on Teachers' Day. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Another cleric Maulana Yasoob Abbas said the PM’s speech would also be screened in madarsa Tahir-ul-Uloom and madarsa Sultane-Madaris.
“It’s an auspicious occasion and if the PM is trying to reach out to students, there should not be any controversy on this,” he said.
The madarsas have also devised ways to make the PM’s speech a ‘rewarding’ experience.Read: Tribal students from Maoist-hit Dantewada to interact live with Modi
The managements have come up with ideas to ensure students pay attention to the PM’s words. At many madarsas, debates will be organised for students on the PM’s speech and the best speakers will win prizes.
KS Faizi Yunus, who looks after madarsa Eram-Lil-Binaat, which is exclusively for girls, near Kukrai area said, “All arrangements have been made to show PM’s speech to students. There should not be any controversy and politics should not come as a hindrance in such a cause.”
The PM’s Teachers’ Day speech, scheduled to begin at 3pm, has triggered a political debate. Amid the controversy, Union human resource development minister Smriti Irani clarified participation in the session was “voluntary”, not mandatory.
Teachers’ Day is celebrated every year on September 5, the birth anniversary of former President, the late Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan.Read: An open letter to PM Narendra Modi on Teachers' Day