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Yoga, Surya Namaskar in schools, even if optional, unacceptable: Muslim Panel
Thursday August 27, 2015 3:45 PM, Staff Reporter

Launching a scathing attack on the Narendra Modi led BJP government in New Delhi, the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB) on Thursday vowed to oppose tooth and nail any attempt to impose Yoga and Surya Namaskar in schools.

Kick-starting its nationwide ‘Save Faith, Save Constitution’ (Deen Bachao - Dastur Bachao Tehreek) campaign from Malegaon – the Muslim dominated textile city in North Maharashtra, the Muslim panel, the highest ranked representative body of Muslims in India, said it is against not only to compulsory imposition of Yoga and Surya Namaskar but are opposed to them even if they are introduced as an optional subjects in schools.

“The stand of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board is firm and very clear. We will not accept any attempt to impose Yoga and Surya Namaskar in schools, forcefully or as an optional subjects”, Khaleelur Rahman Sajjad Nomani, the senior member of the Muslim panel governing body, said while addressing the launching program held at Zaini Basheer Auditorium, Malegaon High School.

Khaleelur Rahman Sajjad Nomani also accused the one-and-half-year old BJP government of ignoring the National Education Policy and playing with the constitution of the country.

“The board’s decision to oppose imposition of Yoga and Surya Namaskar in schools are a well thought after decision and is totally in line with the constitution of the country. As against to our legally valid stand, the present government is trying to blow off the very spirit of the constitution of the country”, he said.

"As per the rights clearly stated in the constitution, the state cannot give religious color to the education system of the country", he said.

Hundreds of people from different parts of Maharashtra thronged the venue to extend support to the Muslim panel’s nationwide campaign which is led by AIMPLB General Secretary Syed Mohammad Wali Rahmani. Syed Mohammad Wali Rahmani presided over the 03-hour long launching program held in Malegaon.

In a veiled attack on the recently declared Census 2011 data based on religion, Khaleelur Rahman Sajjad Nomani said time is not far when the people in India will have access to the actual demographic picture of the country.

“It’s a matter of just few years when the true demographic picture of the country will be exposed to the people. It will show who is in majority and who is in minority in this country”, he said.

He also said that not alone the Muslims, a huge majority in the country are worried over the way the present government is working to fulfill its vicious agenda.

"In the board's meeting held in New Delhi on August 18, a huge majority of people from different faiths expressed anger over the present government's attempt o safforonisation of education, and its meddling with the constitution", he said.

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