Indian point out bans Islamic universities, drawing criticism

GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) – An Indian state dominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist get together on Wednesday handed a regulation abolishing all Islamic faculties, stating they delivered sub-regular education and learning.

Opposition politicians criticised the shift and claimed it mirrored the government’s anti-Muslim angle in the Hindu-the greater part state.

Far more than 700 of the universities, known as madrasas, in northeastern Assam will be shut by April, the state’s instruction minister Himanta Biswa Sarma instructed the area assembly.

“We need much more medical practitioners, law enforcement officers, bureaucrats, and teachers, from the minority Muslim neighborhood rather than Imams for mosques,” mentioned Sarma, a growing star in Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Get together (BJP).

The authorities would change them to regular universities as training supplied in the madrasas could not put together any person for “the temporal globe and its earthly concerns”, he mentioned.

Opposition politicians stated the go was an assault on Muslims.

“The plan is to wipe out Muslims,” stated Wajed Ali Choudhury, a lawmaker from the opposition Congress occasion.

A lot more than 100 retired senior civil servants and diplomats on Tuesday urged the BJP govt in India’s largest condition of Uttar Pradesh to repeal a new legislation criminalising forced religious conversion of brides, which is noticed as aimed in opposition to Muslims.

Composing by Shilpa Jamkhandikar Editing by Angus MacSwan