In a shocking incident, a school in Uttar Pradesh’s Allahabad has banned the National Anthem in its premises.
Reportedly, the manager of the school has asked the students not to sing National Anthem as he feels that ‘Bharat bhagya vidhata’ line in the anthem is against Islam. Protesting against the ban, eight teachers of the school have resigned from the job.
The name of this educational institution is MA Convent School. The manager of MA convent has justified his objections citing religious reasons. He, in fact, told to media outlets that the national anthem had never been sung on the school campus, and could not be allowed as it was “un-Islamic”. “In the national anthem, the country has been described as being bigger and more important than ‘mazhab’ (religion) and ‘khuda’ (god) which would be unacceptable to any true Muslim,” he said. He pointed out that Bharat had been termed “bhagya vidhata” (master of destiny) in the national anthem. “This is against Islam as nothing can be above ‘allah’. I don’t believe in the national anthem so I have never allowed it to be sung in my school,” he asserted.
Meanwhile, the principal has said she was contemplating legal action against the school manager as his stand on the issue was tantamount to being anti-national. BJP leader Shrikant Sharma has slammed the school management for the ban.