A J&Okay authorities order asking college and college students of all faculties to carry out Surya Namaskar on the event of Makar Sankranti has triggered an argument. That is for the primary time when college students within the Muslim majority area have been requested to take part in Surya Namaskar which many Muslims say is unacceptable and in opposition to primary tenets of their religion.
“To mark the holy occasion of Makar Sankranti on 14th January 2022, Government of India has desired that on the occasion a large scale virtual Surya Namaskar be organised under Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations,” reads an order by Director Colleges, J&K Higher education department.
The order asks faculty and students to make it a people-centric program with the tagline “Surya Namaskar for vitality”.
“Kindly ensure that all faculty members and students actively participate in this program,” reads the order.
Former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti termed the directive as the government’s “PR misadventure” and the reflection of a “communal mindset”.
“GOIs PR misadventures intention to demean & collectively humiliate Kashmiris. Forcing college students & workers to carry out Surya namaskars by issuing orders regardless of their apparent discomfort with the imposition of one thing laden with non secular connotations provides an perception into their communal mindset,” she said in a tweet.
GOIs PR misadventures aim to demean & collectively humiliate Kashmiris.Forcing students & staff to perform suryanamaskars by issuing orders despite their obvious discomfort with imposition of something laden with religious connotations gives an insight into their communal mindset https://t.co/tgk9xidZz0
— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) January 13, 2022
“Why ought to Muslim college students be pressured to do something, together with yoga, to rejoice Makar Sankranti? Makar Sankranti is a competition & to rejoice it or not have to be a private selection. Would the BJP be completely happy if an analogous order was issued to order non-Muslim college students to rejoice Eid?” former chief minister and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah wrote on Twitter.
Umesh Talashi, another National Conference youth leader, asked what will be the reaction if tomorrow a Muslim Chief Minister issues an order asking everyone to observe fast during Ramzan.
“If tomorrow, a Muslim CM points an govt order that everyone ought to observe quick on Ramzan, how will that sound for non-muslim neighborhood members? Babus ought to cease imposing non secular practices on folks, they don’t have any proper to intrude in these issues,” he mentioned.
If tomorrow muslim CM issues an executive order that everybody should observe fast on ramzan, how will that sound for non-muslim community members? Babus, should stop imposing religious practices over people, they have no right to interfere in these matters. pic.twitter.com/KclY6oJrEo
— Umesh Talashi (@UTalashi) January 13, 2022
Another leader, Ruhullah Mehdi, said the order issued by Director Colleges reflects the slavery of officials who signed the order.
The oppression does not reflect in this order or “desire” as much as the slavery reflects in the pen of the undersigned.
They told them to bend, the so called “leadership” of Kashmir crawled. But what about the society as a whole? What does the signature in this case reflect? pic.twitter.com/bHgvfivffi
— Ruhullah Mehdi (@RuhullahMehdi) January 13, 2022
“The oppression doesn’t mirror on this order or “desire” as a lot because the slavery displays within the pen of the undersigned.
They instructed them to bend, the so known as “leadership” of Kashmir crawled. However what in regards to the society as an entire? What does the signature on this case mirror?” he tweeted.