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Does anyone seriously believe that by bringing in computers and adding a few secular courses to a heavily theological curriculum,madrassas will be transformed into an alternative to modern education that Muslims so desperately need A burqa doesn’t become less antiquated and oppressive just because it gets a designer label and is sold at Harrods What Muslims need is access to good mainstream education and mixed secular institutions where they can integrate with others in the society not ghettos with a dash of faux mainstreaming For it is as much about what madrassas teach as about the milieu in which they exist and the culture they promote Madrassas are seminaries and like all seminaries—Christian Jewish Hindu—they are not open and inclusive places Rather they operate in a closed and isolated environment and while they may not consciously promote exclusion they remain inherently insular That’s the nature of the beast Misogyny and homophobia are widely prevalent in madrassas because of the cultural values of those who run them and a narrow interpretation of religious texts Most madrassas practise gender segregation arguing that co-education is anti-Islamic Co-education is officially banned in madrassas run by the Uttar Pradesh Board of Madarsa Education on grounds that it is against the “sharia’’ But even in states where there is no such official ban co-education is discouraged and there are separate girls’ madrassas where they are forced to follow strict “Islamic’’ practices Here’s a revealing glimpse of the life in a girls’ madrassa as documented by Yoginder Sikand a leading expert on Islam and Muslim societies on the subcontinent “A major focus of the teaching imparted at the madrasa has to do with the internalization of appropriate gender norms as defined in the Deobandi vision Thus strict purdah is rigidly enforced Girls are not allowed to step outside the madrasa not even for a walk or to make purchases in the local market The only occasions when they can leave the madrasa are when their male guardians come to pick them up before the annual holidays or in case of a medical emergency when they must be accompanied by a close male relative All their teachers with one exception are females most of them graduates of the madrasa itself The only male teacher is not allowed to see the students He delivers his lecture into a microphone while seated in a room on the ground floor and the girls sit in rooms on the first floor and listen to his discourse If they have any questions they relay them to him through a microphone’’ he wrote in an article for the Mumbai-based Islamic Research Foundation International Strict “Islamic’’ rules of behaviour down to how they dress also apply to men Try spending sometime at a madrassa and its mono-cultural and austere atmosphere will get to you Throwing in a few “modern’’ courses is not going to change that By all means let madrassas have computers and get them to teach maths or whatever but let’s not pretend that attending a madrassa with a computer room and English textbooks is like attending a normal school The primary purpose of madrassas is to teach Islamic theology and that will remain their basic function Besides that is what they are good at doing People go there to learn theology not computer sciences And there is no reason why they should be turned into hybrids –neither full-fledged seminaries nor proper mainstream educational institutions –by forcing them to take on a role they are not equipped for It is a recipe for dumbing them down In the 1960s the British government converted several technical institutes into universities to broaden access to higher education Half a century later some of these "new" universities are still struggling while the country faces a big gap in vocational training they were so good at providing Madrassas too are a form of vocational institutes and instead of imposing artificial reforms the effort should be to develop them into centres of excellence in their area of specialisation Of course one reason why successive governments have been so keen to "modernise" madrassas is to with concerns that they are being used to promote extremism There have been allegations relating to their funding by Islamic countries particularly Saudi Arabia which has been accused of exporting hardline Wahabi Islam to the rest of the world especially targeting Muslim institutions on the subcontinent The BJP has been particularly vociferous in calling for government regulation of madrassas prompting criticism that the proposed reforms are really a pretext for bringing them under government control and undermining their autonomy The really worrying bit however is the pretence that madrassa reforms are a solution to Muslims’ educational backwardness ; and that modernised madrassas equal regular modern education They don’t Such quick fixes are a huge distraction from the real problem of Muslim education whose scale has been comprehensively documented in the Sachar Committee report There is a perception that somehow Muslims prefer madrassa education to secular schooling but the Sachar report points out that only four percent Muslims attend madrassas—and that too “primarily because primary state schools do not exist for miles’’ Most madrassas are poorly staffed offer few if any extra-curricular activities and are struggling for funds contrary to the notion that they are flush with foreign donations A report in The Times of India described the situation as “pathetic" quoting the campaign group Human Welfare Association (HWA) According to US-based Islamic scholar Huma Kidwai because of “a lack of resources and support the quality of (madrassa) education has deteriorated significantly’’ leaving them with “untrained teachers and poor infrastructure’’ Let’s face it: much of the madrassa system is broken and not fit even for the limited purpose of providing religious teaching let alone capable of taking on additional burden The government should leave madrassas alone and as Dr Sikand argues “If the state is seriously concerned about Muslim education it ought to fund more regular schools in Muslim areas rather than seek to present madrassas as an alternative which can only contribute to Muslim marginalisation’’ (Daily Times Pakistan) The government has chosen a lazy and cheap option to deal with the problem of Muslim education but like all cheap options it could prove expensive in the long term By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: September 14 2017 6:39 pm On the last date of hearing the court had warned Garg against mixing this incident with the JNU case in which sedition charge were slapped against some students (File/Photo) Related News Sloganeering by students at a city college in February this year was not for an “uprising” a Delhi court said on Thursday while asking a lawyer not to escalate the controversy surrounding a clash between student groups “Let us not escalate the ‘vivaad’ (controversy) It was not for any uprising” Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra said after advocate Vivek Garg argued that the police was delaying the probe despite its report confirming the presence of a large number of students who he alleged were raising anti-national slogans The court also said it would have to see whether the incident related to freedom of expression The court was hearing Garg’s plea seeking a separate FIR into the alleged anti-national slogan-shouting by members of the All India Students’ Association (AISA) and the Students Federation of India (SFI) at the Ramjas College in Delhi Unversity on February 21 this year Commencing his arguments on sedition the lawyer on Thursday claimed in the court that the offence was made out as hundreds of participants came under the leadership of teachers and shouted slogans “Kashmir maange azaadi Bastar maange azaadi” The court however said “we have to see if this was a protest for freedom of expression We need to consider what was the direct consequence leading to this situation You are over-simplifying the argument” It also rejected the argument of the lawyer that it was a lapse on the part of the police and it was not investigating the matter “We cannot say that delay by police was unnecessary as investigation in such cases takes time” the court said Garg claimed that the students raised slogans not against any government but the nation “It threatens the sovereignty and integrity of the country After the incident terrorist groups got motivated and it led to unrest in Kashmir” the lawyer argued When he asked the investigating officer whether the slogans were raised or not the court cautioned him that “this is not cross-examination” “It was an alleged incident Why do you (Garg) need confirmation of the incident from the investigating officer This is not cross-examination” the magistrate said Garg then referred to the action taken report of the police and said 100 students of the SFI with several from JNU and various colleges including Ramjas raised slogans after the cancellation of the literary festival The court posted the matter for further arguments on October 7 On the last date of hearing the court had warned Garg against mixing this incident with the JNU case in which sedition charge were slapped against some students The JNU incident of February 2016 had hogged the limelight after the arrest of its student leaders including then JNUSU President Kanhaiya Kumar while the Ramjas college case involved the raising of slogans and a clash between the students owing allegiance to the ABVP and Left organisations AISA and SFI On February 21 members of RSS student wing ABVP had gathered outside the college and shouted slogans in protest against a seminar for which JNU students Umar Khalid and Shehla Rashid were invited The ABVP members allegedly pelted stones vandalised the venue and disrupted the seminar The next day violent clashes had erupted between the Left and the ABVP students leaving several of them and three teachers injured The court’s remarks today were aimed at advocate Vivek Garg who had raised the Ramjas college incident and sought a direction to the police to supply him a copy of the charge sheet filed in the JNU matter The court had on August 29 observed that sedition charges cannot be pressed on the basis of an unauthenticated and unreliable video after it was shown a footage of alleged “anti-national” sloganeering held on February 21 this year at the Ramjas College here The magistrate had said that the authenticity of the video was to be ascertained by the police The plea which sought registration of an FIR for alleged offences of sedition criminal conspiracy waging war against the State and defamation under the IPC also demanded action against Delhi Police officials for not lodging the complaint The police had on August 3 submitted an action taken report in the matter and said it was examining students and teachers to identify the culprits involved in the Ramjas College clashes that broke out between the ABVP and Left-affiliated student bodies In the report the police had said they had lodged an FIR at the Maurice Nagar police station on February 22 for the alleged offences or rioting and obstruction causing hurt and assault to deter public servant from discharging duty However the complaint had alleged that “anti-national slogans/activities were being carried out by leaders/students of AISA/SFI in Ramjas College shamelessly and openly which supported India’s enemy Pakistan The criminal acts of accused were also boosting the morale of terrorists against our country” For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 18 2017 5:49 pm Rituparna the star of Rajkahini is shocked about Begum Jaan director Srijit’s confession Related News Rituparna Sengupta the star behind the Bengali version of Begum Jaan starring Vidya Balan is not only shocked that her Rajkahini director Srijit Mukherji always wanted Vidya Balan to play the lead role in both the versions of his film but she is also confused about why he mentioned it Apparently Srijit hadn’t discussed that he had initially thought to make Begum Jaan a bilingual with Vidya Balan in the lead In fact the director specifically approached Rituparna to play the role Even when she was doubtful about pulling it off he trusted her to make the role work for the film In an interview to DNA she said “I am not aware that he had wanted Vidya in Rajkahini too Or why he’s saying that today We were in talks about doing a film together for the longest time Srijit had told me that he would come to me only when he had a role which matters I was in Delhi attending an event When I checked my phone I saw it had 10 missed calls He called again and said ‘I have got something very exciting for you I asked him to wait for me till I returned and the moment I reached Kolkata he was at my home ready with the script and concept” So Srijit had also told her that ‘she would have to take out all the feminism in herself’ She said “Srijit was very confident that I could pull it off I asked him if he really thought I could do it Srijit said that I had to take out all the feminism in me It was a role that required a lot of mental and physical prepping I was very fascinated by what he offered me and though it was a big challenge for me Srijit tutored me very well Begum Jaan was such a very different zone for me After the filming was complete I got immersed in voice modulation I had to shout my lungs out into the microphone and then dub for it to get that hoarseness in my voice I would get exhausted and lie flat on the ground for some time and Srijit would say “Take a break and come back” That’s the regime I went through so when I missed out on the National Award I was really upset and disappointed This role was one-of-a-kind and for regional films like Rajkahini the National Awards is the only place you can compete with Hindi films But I am a strong-willed person and I am sure there will be another time…” Also read |Mahesh Bhatt looking for reinvention with Begum Jaan The actor confesses that she was hurt initially and took to the social media to talk about this She explains that Begum Jaan was one of the toughest characters that she has played so far and pointed out that no one could trivialise the hard work that went into making this film She said “I am quite empowered that way I can own things in my own way I own my character Begum Jaan in me Nobody will forget Rajkahini’s Begum Jaan Who was the first and second choice doesn’t matter I have a deep regard for my director and am aware of what the film has done for me so there are no complaints But there is a lingering feeling of disappointment… Had I got the National Award for it I would have been happy The amount of pressure hard work love and passion I put in the film the battle I fought to get into my toughest character till now was not trivial” She was also insisted 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