The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh wants all madrasas in the state to record video of events organised on the occasion of Independence Day.
The circular also asks Minority Welfare Officers of all districts to direct madrasas to ensure that Independence Day be celebrated with zeal and that all programmes mentioned above are organised.
According to the circular, the flag hoisting and recitation of the National Anthem will take place at 8 a.m. The madrasa students will have to sing patriotic songs and take part in sports events on Independence Day, the celebrations of which must end with the distribution of candies among all. After that, homage will be paid to the soldiers and martyrs of the freedom struggle.
The circular also calls for holding cultural programmes based on the theme of national unity, along with sports activities.
Syed Imad Uddin, chairman Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board told HT that madrsas have been sending photographs of the flag hoisting and other events to mark Independence Day over the years across the state. Sources said that in the past, some madrasas had argued that their students know only Urdu and were not fluent in Hindi.
Former board chairman Rashid Khan said while most large madrasas celebrate Indepe-ndence Day and hoist the Tricolour, it is likely that the smaller ones find it hard to organise events.
The state government has also warned the madrasas that if the directives aren't followed, the state will then withdraw government aid to these institutions.
The Madhya Pradesh Madarsa Board has directed all madarsas in the state to celebrate the Independence Day and send photographs of their I-Day celebration.
Summary: Madrasa students stage cultural programmes.