The Allahabad High Court rejecting the petition seeking the exemption from reciting the national anthem across 19.000 madrasas in Uttar Pradesh upheld the order of its Chief Minister, Yogi Adyinath made it mandatory to play national anthem in all the madrasas of UP.
The High Court reasoned its judgment by saying that there can be no exception to play or recite national anthem on the basis of caste, language or religion. The Court further said that everyone is bound by the Constitution of India to respect national flag and anthem.
The High Court in its decision also said that the petitioner failed to produce any evidence that would led to believe or establish that reciting national anthem would violate the customs and beliefs of children studying in the madrasas of the State. The Court further held that reciting the national anthem is of utmost importance as it is act showing honor to the history and tradition of our nation and it promotes brotherhood among everyone without any exception on any basis.
The Uttar Pradesh Government had passed an order for Uttar Pradesh Madrasa Shiksha Parishad on Independence Day to make it mandatory for all the children of madrasas to hoist the flag and recite national anthem. Presently, there are 8000 madrasas under the Parishad, out of which 560 are fully aided by the State. The State also ordered to video graph the Independence Day celebration in the madrasas. However, several madrasas vehemently denied to follow these orders of the state government stating that these orders are offensive as they are an attempt of the government to test their patriotism.
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