Teachers protest after students are forced to participate in Adityanath's Diwali event in Ayodhya

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Teachers protest after students are forced to participate in Adityanath's Diwali event in Ayodhya

Post by Rashmun on Tue Oct 17, 2017 11:02 am

The Uttar Pradesh government’s order to schools in Faizabad district to prepare their students to participate in Chief Minister Adityanath’s “Chhoti Diwali” programme in Ayodhya on October 18 has evoked protest from teachers.

Members of the Dr Ambedkar Madhyamik Shiksha Sewa Samiti, an organisation of mostly Dalit teachers with members from across the state, have claimed this is an “unconstitutional” and “unscientific” order that would promote superstition among children.

“Making it mandatory for children to participate in the programme of one particular religion is highly unreasonable,” the Samiti said in a statement signed by its president Ram Subhav Lalit on October 15. “Students have been instructed to present themselves in costumes of monkeys and demons. Such unscientific and illogical demonstration will have very adverse effect on the impressionable mind of children. Teaching has totally stopped for last few days because of this programme.”

As a part of Adityanath’s programme, children representing the armies of Ram and Ravan will take out a large procession in Ayodhya. To be led by a chariot carrying actors playing Ram, Sita, Laxman and Hanuman, the procession is scheduled to start from Saket Degree College at around 2 pm and conclude at Ram Katha Park by 4 pm.

At Ram Katha, the chief minister is scheduled to “coronate Lord Rama”, and then announce development projects for Ayodhya....

Regular classwork in almost all government-aided schools in Faizabad has stopped as both teachers and students are busy preparing for the procession. On October 16, students from all participating schools were take to Ayodhya for a full rehearsal. As the children walked along, they shouted slogans such as “Ram naam ka nara hai, Bharat desh hamara hai”. Ram’s name resounds here, India is our country.



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