In a controversial move, a private school in Allahabad issued an order barring students from singing the national anthem on Independence Day, reported The Indian Express on Sunday. The order led to a tussle between some of the teachers and management of the school. Eight teachers, including the principal, resigned from their posts in protest.
As per the news agency ANI, the management authority of school asked the staff ‘to ensure that the students do not sing the national anthem on Independence Day’.
Talking to The Indian Express, the school manager, Mohd Zialul Haq said the national anthem has never been sung in the school as some of the Muslim parents have an objection with it. He also said that the line ‘Bharat Bhagya Vidhata’ is against Islam, as the religion says that Allah is our ‘bhagya vidhata’.
“National anthem has a line ‘Bharat bhagya vidhata’ which is against Islam as ALLAH is our ‘bhagya vidhata’. How can we say Bharat has made our destiny. In the national anthem, the country has been described as being bigger and more important than ‘mazhab’ (religion) and ‘khuda’ (god) which would be unacceptable to any true Muslim.” Haq was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.
The principal, who resigned in protest, said that she went to the management seeking permission to organise events like singing of National Anthem and Saraswati Vandana for August 15 but was denied permission for the same.
The school is unrecognised and a notice has been served to the management directing it to close its operations.
“The management authority of A.M. Convent School raised objection to some of the paragraphs of the National Anthem and said those paragraphs won’t be recited in the school as maybe it is against their religious sentiments. The school is not recognized. A notice directing them to close it down was issued a week ago,” Basic Shiksha Adhikari Jaikaran was quoted as saying by the news agency ANI.