Gogoi, who had studied at a Madrassa in Jorhat along with many boys from Hindu families, said, "the government should not ignore the Madrassas and link them them with religion.Instead of killing the institution, government should instead strengthen them, modernise them, introduce general subjects and promote technology there". Referring to the tols, Gogoi said, Sanskrit was the richest language not only of India but of the world. It not only has the rich religious texts of the Vedas but also of other books of knowledge.
Meanwhile, both the Anfar and Badruddin Ajmal groups of the Assam State Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind opposed the move. Maulana Fazlul Karim, state secretary of the Jamiat led by AIUDF chief and MP Badruddin Ajmal, told PTI "its not true that the Madrassas only impart religious education as they teach Islamic studies and the subject Arabic as a foreign language which helps many of its students become doctors and engineers and get employment in the Middle East countries". Stating the Madrassas give importance to general education syllabus teaching other regular subjects such as maths, science, Assamese, English, social studies, etc., Maulana Karim said children from the Hindu community also studies in many of these institutions across the state, while a large number of others similarly were enrolled in the neighbouring West Bengal.
"If the state government closes down its Madrassas, then Jamiat may take recourse to legal provisions to halt the move", Maulana Karim warned.
Echoing similar views, Anfar Jamiat group''s state secretary, Maulana Kalimuddin said higher Madrassa schools were functioning with the government funds from before the Independence and continue to do so.
"Suddenly the government cannot shut down the Madrassas", Maulana Kalimuddin said. The state unit of the BJP supported the government''s decision in this regard. Assam BJP spokesman Rupam Goswami said the state has taken a right decision as "it is not the responsibility of the government to provide money for promoting religious eduction." Fakrul Islam, Superintendent (Principal) of Ashima Senior Madrassa established in 1942 in Karimganj, said along with the general subjects, Koran and Hadiths or sayings of the Prophet Muhammad are taught as literature there.
As no religious teachings are imparted, Islam said, the students passing out from there were not interested in becoming Imaams in mosques or joining any religious institutions.
Objections have also been raised against the decision to wind up the state-aided Sanskrit tols. Damodar Satuspathis Sanskrit tol governing body vice president, Jukti Nath Khound said, the government should have taken such a strong step only after much deliberations "as question will arise as to who will conduct the Madyamik (higher secondary) level and Shastri (graduation degree) level courses". Its at present held by Kumar Bhaskar Varma Sanskrit and Ancient Studies University at Nalbari. Guna Saikia, retired Sanskrit department professor of Nagaon College, is of the opinion that the government instead of closing down the tols should have taken initiative for creating a conducive atmosphere for imparting Sanskrit teaching. Head of a Satra (monastry) set up by 14th-15th century polymath of Assam, Srimanta Sankar Deb wanted the tols to continue. PTI ESB CORR SNS SNS
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