The Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board has directed the 4,750 registered madarsas in the state to hoist the tricolour, hold cultural programmes and compulsorily take part in or organise Tiranga rallies on the Independence Day.
Speaking to ANI, Congress leader Tom Vadakkan said, "This whole coax of hoisting the national flag and reciting the national anthem is an unfortunate issue which is lingering in the country".
Resonating similar views, another Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad said that forcing the children and people to unfurl the national flag and recite the national anthem is wrong.
On August 11, the Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board had ordered all 256 madrasas in the state to unfurl the national flag and recite the national anthem on August 15.
The circular also calls for holding cultural programmes based on the theme of national unity, along with sports activities. All Madarsa heads have been asked to click and e-mail pictures of all activities to the board as in the past.
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Islamic religious schools in Uttar Pradesh, have opposed the directive of Yogi Adityanath government ordering videography of Independence Day celebrations at their premises across the state.
"Jo sachha Islam ka manne wala hai, usse lazmi taur se watan se mohabbat karna hai".
A circular in this regard was issued by Rahul Gupta, Registrar, UP Madarasa Shiksha Parishad to 8,000 madrasas recognised by the Paishad and 560 others that are government-aided.
The minister also defended videography of programmes saying, "The videos of best programmes would be selected and will be screened in other madrasas so that students could draw inspiration from them".
Students have been asked to sing songs on nationalism and discuss the history of August 15 and the freedom fighters.