‘When you find your fingers being eaten up by worms cut your hand because you have another’ is the current solution suggested on the issue of ‘Hijab Row’ in Karnataka. The students when found fighting for their rights, several high profile personalities and elites suggested ‘Establishing separate minority institution or making students join into such religious institutes which encourages one’s right, is the best choice. Indeed, Article 30 of Indian Constitution states the right of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions, with an intention to conserve a distinct Culture, Script and Language. The simple reason being protection and preservation the culture of minorities.
On the contrary, what the side effects this decision may result in a diverse culture like India is devastating. In spite of sharing a common classroom without distinction of Class, Creed, Race and Religion, the student saplings of our future India have showcased the sown seed of rage and hatred towards their own classmates and friends. Unlearning of learnt aspects is clearly visible. An abolition of practice of Untouchability which was in practice through common school and college benches seems bleached out. The situation of a distinct religious minorities learning only in a specific institutes will further evade religious harmony. Practices and performance of one’s religion might seem alien and intolerable to the other. This will only take India far away from being united.
The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) in its report which assessed the students in minority institutions in the country used the terms like, Cocoon’s populated by elites and Ghettos of underprivileged students languishing in backwardness. So either a group of elites in a cocoon or a crowd of underprivileged ill-educated generation will grow up with inequalities. Being the dutiful citizens we need to hum up the Preamble: We, the people of India having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a Sovereign, Socialist, Secular, Democratic, Republic.
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