By Abdul Hafiz Lakhani:
Close on the heels of Gujarat government exercise to collect details of Muslim students, has sent shock waves among Muslims in the state. Parents of thousand of Muslims students are not happy at all with state government attitude towards this new style of religion identification.
All India Milli Council, Gujarat Chapter General Secretary and Editor ofwww.siyasat.net Abdul Hafizlakhani clearly opined that this is against the secular character of the Indian state.State government cannot ask only Muslim students of their identity. It should be for all students. Muslims students cannot be discriminated.The Constitution forbids state from mixing religion with education. The state being secular in character will not identify itself with any one of the religions or religious denominations. This necessarily implies that religion will not play any role in the governance of the country which must at all times be secular in nature.
Lambasting Gujarat government for this excercise, AIMC, Gujarat President Mufti Rizwan Tarapuri told that Freedom of religion in India is a fundamental right guaranteed by the country’s constitution.Modern India came into existence in 1947 as a secular nation and the Indian constitution’s preamble states that India is a secular state. By asking Muslim students their religion, what is purpose behind that? Gujarat government has acted against constitution. The state government should ask all students about their religion.
Ahmedabad based educationist Uvesh Sareshwala expressed his views and told that this exercise is clearly violation of Indian Constitution and secular fabric of nation. It should be challenged in court and all Muslims Should either go for boycott of this column or click on “others”option.