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REA, actually a law to ‘Eradicate Education’: Wali Rahmani
Says it is against constitution and harmful for everyone
Tuesday, June 29, 2010 12:47:44 PM, ummid.com Staff Reporter
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Malegaon: It might appear minuscule and insignificant to HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, the fact is that the dissenting voice against the Right to Education Act (REA) that till now was limited to whispers has become louder and apprehensions about the Act are being raised publicly from various platforms. The latest salvo against the law is from Maulana Sayyad Mohammad Wali Rahmani who terms it anti-poor, anti- minority, contrary to the very aim it has been designed for, and against the spirit of the Indian constitution.
“From the name, it looks very attractive. But the fact is that the Act in its present form is against the very aim with which it has been designed and forbids children from seeking education in the institutions of their choice. At the same time, it prevents minorities and people with limited resources from establishing educational institutions”, said Maulana Rahmani.
General Secretary of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) and former Dy Speaker of Bihar Assembly, Maulana Rahmani was addressing a huge gathering in Malegaon yesterday.
Stating that the sections included in the Act that define the needed infrastructure for a school or an institution are inappropriate and suitable only for the rich, he said, “A huge population in the country is poor and has limited resources. Somehow they establish their schools that are then developed slowly and gradually. Dictating infrastructural norms or any kind of restrictions on such schools - especially when they are fulfilling the requirements of a major part of the rural India - is totally impractical.”
‘Conspiracy against Madaris’
Observing that education as defined by the Act is against the spirit of the Indian Constitution, he said, “The constitution has given the minorities the right to establish and run their own institutions with syllabus suitable to them. But the Act defines education in a way that has virtually made the education imparted in Madaris and other minority institutions a CRIME.”
Directly blaming HRD Minister Kapil Sibal, he alleged that such sections are deliberately included in the Act by him after he failed in his attempt to impose restrictions on Madaris by forming Madrasa Board.
“Contrary to the claims, the HRD Minister does not have any feasible alternative to the low-cost and low-budget education system that these Madaris are based on. Yet he is working day in and day out on a single point agenda to impose restrictions on Madaris", he alleged.
"After he failed in pushing the Madrasa Board formation, he has come with an Act, which is not only dangerous for the Madaris but is also against the basic rights of Hindus, Christians, Sikhs everyone and prone to be misused anytime and against anyone by overzealous people”, he added while demanding immediate amendments in the Right to Education Act.
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