Chandigarh: Haryana could make national anthem singing compulsory in all madrasas in the state, Education Minister Kanwar Pal said here on Friday, a day after neighboring Uttar Pradesh made it compulsory.
“There is no harm. The national anthem should be sung everywhere, whether in a madrassa or in a school. Nobody should object,” said the minister when asked by journalists to approve the UP government’s move and whether Haryana comment thought about a similar move.
The singing of the national anthem is compulsory in all madrasas in Uttar Pradesh from Thursday. The Registrar of the Uttar Pradesh Madrassa Board of Education issued an order to all Minority Welfare Officers in the district on May 9th.
New Grade 9 history textbook citing Congressional “appeasement” as one of the reasons for the partition of the country in 1947.
“You can’t sugarcoat history highlighted. Accepting the division of the country was a mistake and there will be a mention of that,” he said.
In response to a question, the education minister said that teaching about freedom fighters and Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar had been taught in schools before and would continue. The young generation gets correct information about the history, he said.
He said that great men, in their own way, were instrumental in liberating the country from the British. “These are the events that happened in history and the younger generation is becoming aware of them,” he said.
Meanwhile, he also said that there is much enthusiasm among people about the Pragati Rally to be organized in Yamunanagar on May 15.
He said Prime Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will dedicate millions worth of development projects to the public at the rally.