Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma suggested the term “madrasa” should be abolished, emphasizing the importance of “regular education” in schools for everybody.
Assam CM was reacting to a former chancellor of Hyderabad’s Maulana Azad University, who praised the Assam government for dissolving all madrasas and converting them into regular schools.
“Children will not be able to imagine themselves as doctors or engineers…” Says Assam CM
“Children will not be able to imagine themselves as doctors or engineers until this word (madrasa) appears.” If you tell children that studying in madrasas will prevent them from becoming physicians or engineers, they will refuse to go,” he remarked to thunderous applause.
“Teach your children the Quran at home,” stated the chief minister, adding that youngsters are admitted to madrasas “in violation of their human rights.”
Science, math, biology, botany, and zoology should be prioritized. Normal education should be taught in schools. Texts from the Bible can be taught at home. When asked how he planned to help more Muslim students get into colleges and universities, Sarma stated, “They should study to become doctors, engineers, professors, and scientists.”
Madrasa students are exceptionally gifted, as the former chancellor pointed out, as they can memorize every word of the Quran by heart.
Assam CM Sarma retorted, “All Muslims were Hindus,” adding, “No one was born a Muslim” (in India). In India, everyone was a Hindu. So, if a Muslim youngster is exceptionally gifted, I will honor his Hindu ancestors in part.”
In order to ‘facilitate the secular education system,’ Assam resolved in 2020 to disband all government-run Madrasas and transform them into general educational institutions.
Moreover, the Assam Repealing Act, 2020, was affirmed by the Guwahati High Court this year, requiring all provincialized (government-funded) madrasas in the state to be turned into ordinary schools.
In 2021, 13 persons petitioned the High Court to overturn the government’s decision to transform state-funded madrasas into general schools.