BJP-governed Assam intends to shut its remaining madrassas after having already converted those that used to be funded by the state into general schools. According to the Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, there is no need for any such religious education in new India.
According to the CM Assam needs schools, colleges and universities to produce doctors, engineers and other professionals to serve the state and the country. “I come from Assam, which faces the threat of infiltration from Bangladesh every day. There is a threat to our culture and traditions. We have to transform our education system. The time has come to rewrite our history in a new way as it has been distorted,” he added.
The BJP-led government last year shut close to 600 state-run madrasas, but spared those managed by private organisations. The Gauhati high court upheld the decision after it was legally challenged.
The Assam CM also took a swipe at Congress, accusing the grand old party of representing new Mughals. The CM claim that the Mughal invaders tried to weaken India earlier and Congress is doing the same now. He said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi was leading a “new India” determined to reclaim its culture, traditions and shrines. ” Why do you speak in favour of Babri Masjid and not for Ram Mandir?” questioned Sarma.