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Burning of Schools in Kashmir is Equal to ‘Digging Own Grave’, says Bharatiya Janata Party

"Burning schools as part of on-going protest in the Valley has startled human souls. It tantamount to digging own grave,"S S Bijral said

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Some school kids getting back to their homes in afternoon, this scene was captured in Pakistan administered Gurez Valley of Kashmir. Wikimedia Commons

Jammu, November 19, 2016: The BJP state spokesman S S Bijral on Saturday said that the people who are responsible for burning of schools in Kashmir are actually “digging their own graves”.

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According to PTI, S S Bijral said,”Burning schools as part of on-going protest in the Valley has startled human souls. It tantamount to digging own grave.”

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He said that the masterminds behind the on-going agitation in Kashmir have so far torched more than 30 schools across the Valley.

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“One is left aghast and wondering what the masterminds of Valley violence aim at by targeting centres of learning, that too of government, built through scarce public funds”, Bijral said.

Representational image. Wikimedia Commons
Representational image. Wikimedia Commons

He further added that the state was a blessed one where the education institutional network was extensive.

The former chief minister, Late Sheikh Mohammed Adbullah who was a teacher himself, introduced a policy of spreading out the network of schools and establishing one school after every two kilometres.

“These schools are because of strenuous effort of locals.

Torching these is savage and most reprehensible. It amounts to cutting roots of human civilisation. The local people protected them against vandalism,” he said.

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Referring to Islamic scriptures, Bijral said that education is crucial for human progress.

by NewsGram team with PTI inputs

  • Diksha Arya

    Burning schools in protest in simply horrendous…

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Delhi to Have Full-Fledged Schools on Lines of NSD

There should be one centre that can cater to two-three states

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Right now, students from across the country have to come to NSD in Delhi and first learn Hindi. Wikimedia Commons

Stressing that the National School of Drama (NSD) in the capital was committed to opening three new centres across the country, besides doubling the duration of its one-year courses at its already existing regional centres in Bangalore, Varanasi and Sikkim, Suresh Sharma, Director-in-Charge, NSD told IANS that the school had already appealed to the Ministry of Culture for the same.

“This assumes paramount importance as people whose mother tongue is not Hindi should be imparted training in the language they plan to work in. Right now, students from across the country have to come to NSD in Delhi and first learn Hindi. There should be one centre that can cater to two-three states,” Sharma said.

Besides this, the school also plans to start a one-year course in writing for theatre in Maharashtra. “In fact, as an experiment, we held a workshop in Pune that started last year in October,” he said.

Sharma believes that these centres should not be ‘regional’ in essence, but in fact operate on the lines of IITs and IIMs.

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This assumes paramount importance as people whose mother tongue is not Hindi should be imparted training in the language they plan to work in. Wikimedia Commons

“The idea is to have full-fledged schools on the lines of NSD in Delhi.”

All set to organise the 11th-edition of Bal Sangam from November 9-12 at its premises, he said that theatre and folk performances are a great learning medium for exploring and sensitising children towards different contemporary issues.

“Such activities and festivals are a wonderful platform to not just perform, but learn, travel, and share. NSD believes that theatre makes a person sensitive towards issues and an active participant of society as it boosts powers of communication. Theatre brings in all these qualities and if children are introduced to this wonderful, they become better human beings,” Sharma noted.

Talk to him about the fact that non-metros seldom get to witness quality theatre and he asserts, “Earlier, the Bharat Rang Mahotsav used to be organised only in Delhi and satellite towns. However, things changed from last year and the festival travelled across the country. In fact, this year too, we plan to take it to places like Dehradun, Nagpur, Jorhat and Tejpur. This holds true for ‘Summer Theatre’ too, which was restricted only to Delhi. Last year, shows were held at diverse places like Patna, Benaras, and Aurangabad.”

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Stating that NSD, wanted to take its activities beyond Delhi too as the capital and other metros like Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore, are quite active as far as theatre was concerned, he added, “It is in smaller towns that we need to get theatre to. We want to do that through workshops, shows, theatre festivals, technical training workshops in coming times.”

Lamenting that corporate support for independent theatre was limited to a handful of groups doing commercial English work, Sharma, who has been active in the theatre scene for more than three decades now, asserted, “It’s done as part of their CSR. Support needs to be given to groups who are doing excellent creative work and boast of a vision. The commercial ones can still survive tickets. The ones who really need support are the groups in smaller towns, doing. If they get, I am sure the condition of theatre in contemporary times will undergo a sea change.”

With his next production, based on Jallianwala Bagh, Sharma plans go on a large canvas. “It may be staged at Ferozeshah Kotla and the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar, if possible.” (IANS)