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Allahabad school ‘bans’ National Anthem, manager claims ‘Bharat bhagya vidhata’ is “un-Islamic”

The convent school in Allahabad has 200 Hindu students while the remaining 130 are Muslims

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  • With the Independence Day approaching, M A Convent School, a private school in Allahabad has barred students from singing the national anthem
  • The argument is that ‘Bharat bhagya vidhata’, which can be interpreted as ‘Bharat has made our destiny’, is against Islam 
  • Allahabad District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar said that M A Convent School, that admits children up to Class VIII, is not registered under any board

With the Independence Day approaching, M A Convent School, a private school in Allahabad has barred students from singing the national anthem. Mohammad Zia-ul-Haq, the manager of the school says that he got complaints from Muslim parents saying that the phrase ‘Bharat bhagya vidhata’ from the national anthem is “un-Islamic.“Protesting against this, the principal of the school and seven other teachers resigned on Friday, August 5.

M A Convent School is in Sadiyabad locality of Allahabad district. A report by indianexpress.com, states that the school has 200 Hindu students while the remaining 130 are Muslims.

The argument that cropped up was that, ‘Bharat bhagya vidhata’, interpreted as ‘Bharat has made our destiny’,  is against Islam as Allah is their bhagya vidhata. Every line in the anthem has a meaning which has a possible connotation in praise of “our motherland” and the community says, that they can’t accept that the country is more important than religion (mazhab) and God (Allah), Haq added.

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Allahabad District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar said, M A Convent School, which admits children up to Class VIII, is not registered with any board. It has been decided that the students will be shifted to another school. “I am going to take strict action against the school management. We will give them an opportunity to be heard. I am meeting the manager in the evening and will decide the next course of action,” said Kumar to the Indian Express.

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After the incident, Zia-Ul-Haq was arrested and a probe is under way to find out how the school was allowed to run for so long without proper affiliation. The ban on National Anthem at this school in Allahabad has started a major controversy resulting in various sections of society criticizing the school management for its decision.

– prepared by Ajay Krishna of NewsGram. Twitter: @ajkrish14

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India shares the fifth position with Taiwan, Indonesia and the Philippines, said the study.

India ranked relatively lower in the list of worst countries for biometric data collection as it does not permit law enforcement to get access to the national biometric database known as Aadhaar.

For the study, the researchers analysed 50 different countries to find out where biometrics are being taken, what they are being taken for, and how they are being stored.

Each country has been scored out of 25, with high scores indicating extensive and invasive use of biometrics and/or surveillance and a low score demonstrating better restrictions and regulations regarding biometric use and surveillance.

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Among the factors used for scoring the countries, the researchers looked at whether the country failed to introduce a law to protect biometric data.

While China scored 24 out of 25, India scored 19.

Despite many countries recognising biometric data as sensitive, increased biometric use is widely accepted, said the study.

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Countries in the European Union scored better overall than non-EU countries due to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations protecting the use of biometrics at the workplace to some extent.

Ireland, Portugal, Cyprus, the UK and Romania emerged as the five best countries in terms of collection, storage and use of biometric data, the results showed. (IANS)