THE IRONY OF USHA THAKUR‘S STATEMENT

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(We can clearly see the irony in the statement of the Minister. Usha Thakur wants to get the students in the Islamic Seminaries to understand the Nationalism and she considers the killer of the Father of the Nation as Nationalist.)

As per the reporting of News 18, Usha Thakur calling for the discontinuation of the government funds to the madrasas, she claims that all terrorists studied in madrasas. She adds that:  

“If you are a citizen of this country, you could see that all radicals and terrorists have studied in Madrasas,” she claimed. “Jammu and Kashmir was turned into a factory of terrorism.”

She said that the madrasas must link children to nationalism bringing them into mainstream education for the “collective progress of the society”. The BJP legislator cited Assam’s recent announcement to shut down madrasas to consolidate her statement. “Assam has shown it with success… so all those institutions creating hurdles in the way of nationalism will have to be shut down in the national interest,” Thakur said.

When asked specifically if she was calling for the closure of madrasas or discontinuation of government funds, Thakur clarified that she was advocating for the latter. “Waqf board in itself is a competent body,” she said. “If someone wishes to impart religious teachings, in their personal capacity, our Constitution allows them to do so.”

We have in the memory that the minister has courted controversy earlier as well. On September 19, she had referred to Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti, a tribal outfit, as “anti-national”, according to PTI. “Despite many patriotic forest dwellers, why anti-national organizations like JAYS [Jai Adivasi Yuva Shakti] are flourishing in the region?” she had asked at an event in her constituency Mhow in Indore district. “Taking inspiration from the life of Tantya Bhil [a tribal leader of freedom struggle], we should take a pledge that no antinational organization flourishes in this area.”

In May 2019, Thakur had called Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a “Nationalist”. Godse was a nationalist who was struggled for the country all his life,” Thakur had said. “I believe that [he was] a person who was concerned about the nation throughout his life. What the circumstances were due to which he took this decision [to assassinate Mahatma Gandhi], only he would know. I think you or I should not even comment on it.”

In 2014, she had demanded a ban on Muslim youths entering Navratri Garba Venues entering according to The New Indian Express.

(We can clearly see the irony in the statement of the Minister. She wants to get the students in the Islamic Seminaries to understand the Nationalism and she considers the killer of the Father of the Nation as Nationalist.)

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