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Move seeking religious identity of Gujarat's Muslim students discriminatory: Milli Council

By Our Representative
Close on the heels of the Gujarat government starting to collect "details" of Muslim students, the All-India Milli Council (AIMC) has said that the move is against the secular character of the India. In a statement, AIMC Gujarat chapter general secretary and editor, siyasat.net, Abdul Hafiz Lakhani, insisted, the state government "cannot ask only Muslim students of their identity. It should be for all students."
In a statement, Lakhani said, Muslims students cannot be discriminated like this. The Constitution forbids state from mixing religion with education. The state being secular in character cannot identify itself with any one religion or religious denomination. Religion cannot play any role in governance of the country, which must at all times be secular in nature.
AIMC Gujarat president Mufti Rizwan Tarapuri said, freedom of religion in India is a fundamental right guaranteed by the constitution. Modern India came into existence in 1947 as a secular nation and the Indian constitution’s preamble states that India is a secular state. By asking Muslim students their religion, the state government has acted against the constitution.
Added Ahmedabad-based educationist Uvesh Sareshwala, the move should be challenged in court, and Muslims should either not fill up the column seeking religious identity or click the “others” option.

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