New Delhi, Aug 13: The Yogi Adityanath government on Monday issued orders to Uttar Pradesh madrasas to hoist tricolour and chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai” on Independence Day. The orders, according to the reports, have been issued to inculcate patriotism in the students. The diktat came a month after the government decided to introduce a dress code for students attending madrasas in the state.

Speaking to News18, a UP minister said that all the madrasas have to chant “Bharat Mata ki Jai” on Independence Day. He insisted that whoever was born in India will have to chant it. “They will have to say Bharat Mata ki Jai. Every Indian should be chanting it. Such orders have been issued in past too,” he said. He, however, said that the government isn’t testing their patriotism.

Last year, in a similar order, all madrasas in Uttar Pradesh were ordered to compulsorily hoist the national flag and sing the national anthem on Independence Day. The Uttar Pradesh Madrassa Shiksha Parishad, the state government body which governs madrasas, issued the letter, with a copy to all district minority welfare officials for compliance.

Photography and videography of these events were also made mandatory so that the compliance is monitored by the state, the letter said. The directives have been issued by the registrar of the Parishad, Rahul Gupta. (Related: UP Govt Introduces Dress Code For Students Attending Madrasas Across State)

Reacting to the directive, All India Muslim Personal Law Board member Maulana Khalid Rashid Farangi Mahli had then said that if the orders had been issued to all the schools, no one will have any objections.

“What is the intention behind the order? If the UP government had issued the same order and directives for all the schools, colleges and educational institutes, then we have no objection. If it is only for madrasas, then it seems to be an unusual order. If it is only in madrasas, does it mean that our patriotism is being suspected?” he asked.