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Muslim kids at a madrasa in India. — Reuters/File
  • More than 700 madrasas in northeastern Assam will be closed by April
  • Opposition legislators state that the move was an assault on Muslims
  • The government would change them over to customary schools, says BJP leader

GUWAHATI, INDIA:  An Indian state administered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu patriot party on Wednesday passed a law annulling every Islamic school, saying they gave “sub-standard education.”

Opposition lawmakers condemned the move and said it mirrored the public authority’s enemy of Muslim demeanor in the Hindu-lion’s share country.

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More than 700 of the schools, known as madrasas, in northeastern Assam will be closed by April, the state’s schooling pastor Himanta Biswa Sarma told the neighborhood assembly.

“We need more doctors, police officers, bureaucrats, and teachers, from the minority Muslim community rather than Imams for mosques,” said Sarma, a rising star in Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

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The government would change them over to standard schools as instruction gave in the madrasas couldn’t set anyone up for “the temporal world and its earthly concerns”, he said.

Opposition government officials said the move was an assault on Muslims.

“The idea is to wipe out Muslims,” said Wajed Ali Choudhury, an administrator from the resistance Congress party.

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More than 100 resigned senior government workers and negotiators on Tuesday asked the BJP government in India’s biggest province of Uttar Pradesh to nullify another law condemning constrained strict transformation of ladies, which is viewed as pointed against Muslims.

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