And Now a Fatwa Against 'Surya Namaskar' in MP
'Surya Namaskar' has been caught in a row in Madhya Pradesh where the government wants to set a world record of collective performance of the yogic exercise tomorrow with the opposition dubbing the move as an attempt to "saffronise" education and Muslim clerics issuing an edict calling it "idolatry", banned in Islam.

The BJP-led government's decision of creating a world record with thousands of students together performing the 'Sun Salutation' on Swami Vivekananda's birth anniversary has both main opposition Congress and the clerics up in arms.

Leaders of the minority community were first to react, terming the move as "un-Islamic" and equated it with idol-worship, which is prohibited in Islam. They also issued a fatwa in this regard yesterday which was ratified by Shahar Qazi Sayyed Mushtaq Ali Nadvi.

The Congress followed suit describing it as part of the government's "saffron agenda".

"Instead of focusing on improving quality of education and educational infrastructure, the government is wasting resources on organising exercises like Surya Namaskar as a part of its saffron agenda," leader of opposition in the state assembly Ajay Singh said.

Introduction of Bhagwad Gita in the curriculum was a similar attempt made by the government to saffronise education, he said.

Unfazed by the criticism, Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and School Education Minister Archana Chitnis said 'Surya Namaskar' was a yogic exercise aimed at improving health but went on to add that tomorrow's programme was not mandatory.

"The Sun is neither saffron nor green," said Chitnis.

The school education department has made elaborate arrangements with directives issued to all government and government-aided schools to ensure maximum participation in the event in order to set a world record.
Emerging story. Watch this space for updates as more details come in
Read More In:

Follow us on Twitter for all updates, like us on Facebook for important and fun stuff
Translate into:
© Copyright PTI. All rights reserved. Republication or redistribution of any PTI content, including by framing or similar means, is expressly prohibited without their prior written consent.


Post a Comment
Share your thoughts
You are not logged in, please log in or register
Must See
Daily Mail
Digression

30/D-49
Jan 13, 2012
12:09 PM

Never knew Spaniards were such broad minded folks .

Thanks LATA..for proving me wrong once again !!

Jo Mb, kolkata
29/D-22
Jan 13, 2012
04:39 AM

It'd be more benificial to do Surya Namaskar than talk about whether it should be mendatory or not. Thats how energy is wasted in trivial issues. If people are unhappy with the performance of MP govt., they will vote them out on development, not on Surya Namaskar.

Lata, Madrid
28/D-21
Jan 13, 2012
04:39 AM

It'd be more benificial to do Surya Namaskar than talk about whether it should be mendatory or not. Thats how energy is wasted in trivial issues. If people are unhappy with the performance of MP govt., they will vote them out on development, not on Surya Namaskar.

Lata, Madrid
27/D-20
Jan 13, 2012
03:16 AM

Narayan,

>> Fatwas are a denial of an individual's right to think.

See Comment No: 4.

Anwaar, Dallas
26/D-19
Jan 13, 2012
02:53 AM

Narayan,

>> It has not been made mandatory in MP.

It was mandatory but the Madhya Pradesh High Court ruled in 2007 that it must be voluntary, not compulsory.

Anwaar, Dallas
Order by

Order by

Order by

ABOUT US | CONTACT US | SUBSCRIBE | ADVERTISING RATES | COPYRIGHT & DISCLAIMER | COMMENTS POLICY

OUTLOOK TOPICS:    a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z  0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9   
Or just type in a few initial letters of a topic: