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Directive To Students And Faculty In J&Ok Triggers Controversy



The order asks college and college students to make it a “people-centric program”. Representational


A J&Ok authorities order asking college and college students of all faculties to carry out Surya Namaskar on the event of Makar Sankranti has triggered an issue. This is for the primary time when college students within the Muslim majority area have been requested to take part in Surya Namaskar which many Muslims say is unacceptable and towards fundamental tenets of their religion.

“To mark the holy event of Makar Sankranti on 14th January 2022, Government of India has desired that on the event a big scale digital Surya Namaskar be organised below Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations,” reads an order by Director Colleges, J&Ok Higher training division.

The order asks college and college students to make it a people-centric program with the tagline “Surya Namaskar for vitality”. 

“Kindly be certain that all college members and college students actively take part on this program,” reads the order.

Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti termed the directive as the federal government’s “PR misadventure” and the reflection of a “communal mindset”. 

“GOIs PR misadventures intention to demean & collectively humiliate Kashmiris. Forcing college students & workers to carry out Surya namaskars by issuing orders regardless of their apparent discomfort with the imposition of one thing laden with spiritual connotations provides an perception into their communal mindset,” she mentioned in a tweet.

“Why ought to Muslim college students be pressured to do something, together with yoga, to have fun Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti is a pageant & to have fun it or not should be a private alternative. Would the BJP be completely happy if the same order was issued to order non-Muslim college students to have fun Eid?” former chief minister and National Conference chief Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.

Umesh Talashi, one other National Conference youth chief, requested what would be the response if tomorrow a Muslim Chief Minister points an order asking everybody to watch quick throughout Ramzan.

“If tomorrow, a Muslim CM points an govt order that everyone ought to observe quick on Ramzan, how will that sound for non-muslim neighborhood members? Babus ought to cease imposing spiritual practices on folks, they haven’t any proper to intrude in these issues,” he mentioned.

Another chief, Ruhullah Mehdi, mentioned the order issued by Director Colleges displays the slavery of officers who signed the order. 

“The oppression doesn’t mirror on this order or “desire” as a lot because the slavery displays within the pen of the undersigned. 

They advised them to bend, the so known as “leadership” of Kashmir crawled. But what concerning the society as a complete? What does the signature on this case mirror?” he tweeted. 

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