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Bareilly madarsas defies UP govt on singing national anthem, might face action under NSA

The official said madarsas in Bareilly were not above the law and that most of the madarsas in Lucknow and elsewhere followed the government order.

lucknow Updated: Aug 17, 2017 00:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
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Muslim children hold the tricolour flag during the 71st Independence Day celebrations at a madrasa in Moradabad on Tuesday. The UP government had issued a directive to madrasas, telling them to sing the national anthem.(PTI Photo)

Bareilly’s Barelvi madarsas that openly defied the Uttar Pradesh government’s directive and refused to sing the national anthem may face legal action. The administration may impose the National Security Act as well.

“Singing national anthem is the fundamental duty of every citizen. If any madarsa had violated the government order of singing national anthem during Independence Day celebrations, they will face action. But madarsas will be asked to explain why they violated the order,” said Bareilly divisional commissioner PV Jaganmohan.

He added, “We will carry out an inquiry on whatever complaint we receive. The administration is waiting for madarsas to submit footages of I-Day celebrations.” The Bareilly district administration said they would look into the matter and those found guilty would be punished. “NSA could also be slapped against them as not singing national anthem amounts to being anti-national.” the commissioner said.

The official said madarsas in Bareilly were not above the law and that most of the madarsas in Lucknow and elsewhere followed the government order.

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Students at the Manzar-e-Islam – the biggest Barelvi madarsa in the city – hoisted the Tricolour but didn’t sing the national anthem. Instead, around 500 students gathered at the open prayer hall to sing ‘Sare jahan se achha’, a 20th century patriotic song penned by the poet Mohammad Iqbal. The madrasa authorities also refrained from videography. Media persons were not allowed to cover the main event, which lasted for over an hour.

“Traditionally, we do not sing the national anthem during Independence Day or Republic Day celebrations. We only followed convention this time,” a senior cleric told HT on condition of anonymity.

UP Madarsa Shiksha Parishad had ordered to compulsorily observe the Independence Day this year and make videos of the celebration.

In Kanpur and Meerut too, two of the biggest madrasa centres in the state, students sang ‘Saare jahan se achha’ and did not record proceedings.

“Students hoisted the flag and celebrated the occasion with traditional fervour. The government order is an attempt to test our patriotism which is wrong,” said Haji Mohd Saleeh, convener of the Sunni Ulema Council.

In Lucknow, madarsas responded well to the order. For those doubting patriotism of madarsa students, the answer came on Tuesday morning when madarsas of state capital celebrated Independence Day with great zeal and enthusiasm.

Not only that students and teachers of madarsas sang the national anthem along with other songs like ‘Sare jahan se achha Hindustan Hamara’ but also chanted slogans like Hindustan Zindabad.

Registrar, UP State Madarsa Board, Rahul Gupta was the chief guest of the Independence Day celebrations in Jamia Arabia Khajintul Uloom Madarsa in Raja Bazar area of the state capital.

First Published: Aug 17, 2017 00:04 IST