NCC, scouts get a cautious welcome in U.P. madrasas

Plan is a part of the government to foster ‘smart madrasas’
The Uttar Pradesh government’s announcement on introducing NCC and scout training in madrasas has evoked a mixed response from religious leaders and other stakeholders. Earlier this week, Minister of Minority Welfare Baldev Singh Aulakh announced that the government was working towards “smart madrasas ”, where “NCERT books will be introduced along with scouts and NCC training.” “This is a welcome step. We have already been imparting scout training through the Jamiat Youth Clubs,” said general secretary, Jamiat Ulama-e-Hind, Maulana Mehmood Madani. However, he added that there was no point in underlining that such activities would help in inculcating patriotism among Muslims. “Right now, Muslims are feeling alienated and threatened. They are seeking security and justice from the government. The BJP government should first ensure that,” Maulana Madani said. The managements of some of these schools described the announcement by Mr. Aulakh as a tool to make schools dance to the agenda of the BJP government. “It is an attempt to distract the public from real issues. Such announcements are being made because the government is failing in maintaining law and order,” said a principal, on condition of anonymity.

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