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Hindus in Bengal Madrassa

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While Madrassas are blamed across the world for preaching ‘radical Islam’, here’s a new story to think twice. The country known for its’ tolerance and secular views, has come up once more with what it should be the way to achive religeous harmony. Yes, the non-muslims are to be integrated in Madrassa education system. Non-muslims students and teachers are to be part of Islamic studies. This is not only can boost religeous tolerance, but also smashes the wall between the communities. The report from Outlook did not only amazed myself on the extent of secularism India practises, but also made me proud of Bengali culture.

There are some facts quoted in the report :
1) 12% of total 329,000 Madrassa students are Hindus. Some cases, the figure goes upto 33%(Elmenoor Barkatia High Madrassa in North 24 Parganas).
2) The syllabus is same as regular schools and the certificates are recognized by everyone. The cost of study is nominal. There are no discrimination between muslims and non-muslims on fees.
3) They are co-educational, in fact there are more girls than boys. Both girls and boys sit and study in the same classroom, without any veils.
4) The schools/Madrassas are equally eqipped with science labs and computers.
5) Islamic studies are taught not by ‘mullah’s, but by teachers appointed through West Bengal School Service Comission.
6) Madrassas cater to extremely poors and mostly first-generation learners.
7) Madrassas in Bengal took part in Polio eradication program, in collaboration with UNICEF.
8) Madrassa teachers enjoy same pay-scale of regular teachers.
9) 85% of those who take secondary exams through Madrassas, go onto study in regular courses afterwards.

While the whole of India is still fighting to get people out of illiteracy, adoption of this alternative but existing infrastructure of education will not only wipe out illiteracy from India, but also, promote tolerance among Indians. On the other hand, the Madrassas should not stop at this point, they should carry on with Vocational training and technical educations as well. The world would come to know, that the best way to eradicate extremists from religion, is to modernise religeous education.


Written by Diganta

January 23, 2006 at 6:24 am

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  1. So what? madrasa mean a school.
    Ibtida’ee madrasa means primary school. dars mean a lesson, so madrasa mean where lessons are imparted.
    I have seen Urdu schools having both boys and girls sitting together in a single classroom, which might sound unusual to you since such a well-known practice is never reported. Also, it is unfortunate that non-muslims believe in what the communals & anti-muslims from west report, whose objective is to find fault & not to cultivate communal harmony, like you & me.
    On the other hand, veil is a part of islam. If democracies can not accomodate this feature of islam, it is more of their fault. Secularism is about living peacefully with others who might be following something different than you are.


    April 11, 2006 at 7:16 pm

  2. Madrasas are accused of ‘preaching radical islam’ since it would be counter-productive to say that ‘islam is radical’.


    April 11, 2006 at 7:19 pm

  3. I think you’ve got the wrong meaning out of my writing. I thought it’s good to have some Hindus in Madrassas.

    Regarding “radical Islam”, it’s true that some Madrassas preach it. But most of them follow educational path and not at all the religious path.


    April 12, 2006 at 6:39 am

  4. I thought you had your own ‘thoughts’, but alas they seem to be borrowed.

    Your thoughts SADLY confirm my second posting above. I’m happy that I had got you right then.

    So, a madrassa is not preaching ‘radicalism’ if it is teaching something other than Islam. Sorry, I haven’t seen a better hypocrisy.

    How convenient it is for you to denounce Islam!! It is so disgusting to say the least.


    April 18, 2006 at 7:10 pm

  5. Well, if you look at the course materials of West Bengal Madrassa syllabus – you’ll definitely say that they teach Islam – but not only “Islam”. They teach Science/Indian History/Indian Geography and whatever there in West Bengal standard syllabus. Islam, to them, is an addition of a paper only. Do you think that is a hypocracy also?

    “So, a madrassa is not preaching ‘radicalism’ if it is teaching something other than Islam. Sorry, I haven’t seen a better hypocrisy.” – It’s true and the opposite is not true. Somebody can teach Islam and still don’t go to the path of radicalism.

    Sorry to mention, I think you’re too sentimental about my words.


    April 19, 2006 at 6:28 am

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