Lucknow, Jan 3: The Uttar Pradesh government has ordered madrasas to cut down on holidays on Muslim festivals. The government also ordered the religious institutions to allow holidays on festivals of other faiths.
A media report said that madrasas in Uttar Pradesh used to be closed on Holi and Ambedkar Jayanti. However, the updated calendar allows holidays on Buddh Purnima, Raksha Bandhan, Mahanavmi, Mahavir Jayanti, Diwali, Dussehra and Christmas.
The report said that these seven news holidays have been added, whereas 10 discretionary holidays have been cancelled. These discretionary holidays use to be announced around Muslim festivals like Id-ul-Zuha and Muharram, but now they have been cut short to 4 days. Registrar of UP Madrasa Board, Rahul Gupta told TOI that the 10-day holidays have been distributed to accommodate birthdays of great leaders. He said it was important for the students to know about the leaders. He also added that the decision was taken to bring madrasas on par with basic school education.
Meanwhile, there is anger among some people with the UP government’s decision. Eijaz Ahmed, president, Islamic Madarsa Modernisation Teachers’ Association, told the paper that Madrasas were religious institutions that do require different kinds of leave around a number of minority events. He added that it was not wrong to add holidays on festivals of other faiths, but Muslim holidays should not have been slashed.