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Demand for ban on Bhajan Surya Namaskar in Kashmiri schools

Srinagar. A body of local Muslim scholars has demanded that the Jammu and Kashmir administration should ban Hindu ‘bhajans’ and ‘surya namaskar’ in schools in the Valley. Islamic scholars are part of the ‘Muttahida Majlis-e-Ulema’ (Joint Body of Religious Scholars), a body of about 30 Islamic and educational institutions in the Valley.

Religious leaders demanded a ban on Bhajan and Surya Namaskar in schools in Kashmir division, saying the practice hurts the religious sentiments of local Muslims. The leaders met at the Jamia Masjid in Nowhatta area of ​​the old Srinagar city on Saturday and passed a resolution alleging that “the practice of asking school children to sing bhajans and perform Surya Namaskar caused pain among local Muslims”. is of. The body of Muslim scholars has also said that the practice is aimed at destroying the identity of Kashmir.

We strongly oppose the practice of furthering the Hindutva agenda through schools and educational institutions, the resolution said. Former Chief Minister and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) president Mehbooba Mufti posted a video of school children singing bhajans and doing Surya Namaskar at the behest of teachers at a government school in South Kashmir’s Kulgam district. video post) created controversy. In contrast, another former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah, who is the Vice President of the National Conference (NC), was quoted as saying that we do not believe in the two-nation theory. India is not communal, India is secular. If I am chanting hymns, is it wrong? (IANS)

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