By Syed Ubaidur Rahman
Earlier this month, Allahabad High Court made it compulsory for all madrasas in Uttar Pradesh to sing the national song. This perpetuates the negative image of madrasas or Islamic centers of learning in India.
An image surrounding the madrasas has painstakingly been created by an overtly zealout media showing the madrasas in negative light.
The media has tried to project madrasas as the centers of anti-national zealots who have no regards to the nation, no affection for its ethos, no love for the motherland and no respect for other people living in their midst.
But this image cannot be starker than the truth, in utter disregard to the reality and with a single-minded aim to defame these institutions who were centers of freedom fighters for decades. The very same madrasas who are mocked day and night by the likes of Times Now, Zee TV, Republic TV and their umpteen other avatars, were in the forefront of fighting for independence and driving out the British Raj.
The High Court verdict further perpetuates this narrative, being cultivated for a long time, under the onslaught of a certain ideology that wants to showcase everything Muslim in negative light.