The Uttar Pradesh government has directed all the madrasas in the state to hold a tricolor flag hoisting event in their premises on Aug 15. As per a directive by the state government to the Madrasas, it is mandatory to hoist our national flag in their premises along with paying homage to the freedom fighters. The objective of the directive, as per the state government, is to inculcate patriotism in the students. There are around 8,000 Madrasas, recognized by the government, in Uttar Pradesh, out of which, 560 are directly aided by the state government. These Madrasas are regulated by the state regulatory authority for Madrasas, Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Shiksha Parishad. The directive also includes the list of activities including planting trees along with timings, noting 8 am as the timing for flag hoisting.
The Shia Waqf Board of Uttar Pradesh had also issued a similar directive, on Saturday, to all it’s Board Members in Uttar Pradesh. In the directive by the Board, it is made mandatory to hoist our national flag and recite ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ slogan on the 72nd Independence Day. The Board also warned for ‘Strict Action’ if the directive by the board is not adhered to.
Last year, a similar directive had come from Uttar Pradesh government where it was mandatory for Madrasas to hoist national flag and recite national anthem. Additionally, the Madrasas were also required to make a video of the whole event. The video recording instruction, however, is omitted this year. The directive had seen a strong reaction from the opposition and few Muslim clerics in the state. A Muslim cleric, Mufti Mukkaram, from Delhi had, last year, opposed the government’s ‘Patriotism inculcating mission’. As per ANI, Mufti raised question on the directive stating that there shouldn’t be any directive which question the loyalty and patriotism of Muslims. The objective explained last year as well, was to inculcate patriotism in everyone. The Madrasa Board had asked the students to carry out ‘Tiranga Rally’ in the state.