Wednesday, June 11, 2014

లోక్ సత్తా పార్టీ కార్యవర్గ భేటీ రేపు

Courtesy: Eenadu

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  1. Would like to share these lines from Tufail Ahmad’s ‘Recycling Muslim Decadence’ article published in The New Indian Express...

    “… However a community’s development is a function of voluntary initiatives by its members. In societies throughout history, governments have never given jobs to all their citizens; people have largely depended on personal initiatives like cultivating farms, launching a business or starting a school for their development; even today most Indians do not earn their living from the government. But even in government-assisted situations in which Muslims can address their educational backwardness effectively, they are proactively engaged in reproducing mass ignorance for their next generations.

    Let’s take the example of nearly 1,400 madrassas managed by the Bihar State Madrasa Education Board (BSMEB), which is about to add over 2,400 madrassas on the state government’s payroll. Under the Nitish Kumar government, teachers at madrassas began receiving salaries on par with their counterparts in government-run schools. Degrees obtained from madrassas are recognised for government jobs and admissions to colleges. However, instead of ensuring educational progress, Bihar’s madrassas are producing a dark future for Muslims.

    Maulana Amiruddin, who has taught at a madrassa in West Champaran for three decades and now teaches at a school near Patna, narrates a sad picture of educational rot at madrassas: only 15 per cent students who appear for Fauqania (matriculation) are genuine, the rest being students who haven’t attended classes at madrassas where they are enrolled;

    In the case of Muslims, it cannot even be called the development of “underdevelopment” because it is essentially a voluntary mass reproduction of ignorance for several generations, even in situations like Bihar where the government is sincerely assisting them. Madrassas, controlled by Islamic clerics, will also need drastic rewriting of their syllabi: teaching English and computers from first grade, for example.

    Muslims do take some initiatives: Islamic clerics swiftly collect lakhs of rupees to organise jalsas (religious gatherings); new mosques with tall minarets come up frequently in towns and villages, more so with money flowing from expatriate workers in the Middle East.

    However, throughout history change has come from external sources—through mixing with foreign ideas, globalisation, wars and technologies. The reality: Muslims are incapable of handling their own affairs. Since the madrassas are on the Bihar government’s payroll, it is time the state handed over their management to non-Muslim officers from civil services; currently the state appoints Muslims only to run madrassas. But first begin by de-recognising the madrassa degrees for this simple reason: this country and Muslims deserve better.”