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More than 30 Madrasas decline mid-day meals from ‘Hindu’ organisations in Ujjain

After the tender of Iskon ended in July 2016, BRK Foods provide mid-day meals to 315 schools, out of which 56 Madrasas have declined this offer as well

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  • More than 30 madrasas have declined to accept the food that comes as mid-day meals from Hindu organisations
  • Parents of madrasa students have threatened madrasas that they would remove their children from the school if they continue to accept food from the present suppliers
  • Official administration denied the reports saying madrasa refused the meals as the students are used to a different variety of food

More than 30 Madrasas in Ujjain have declined to accept the food that comes as mid-day meals for the school students, alleging it was an attempt to spoil faith. Since 2010, Iskon Temple has been serving mid-day meals to schools in the city. However, the administrative wing of the Madrasas have declined to accept food from Iskon any longer, mentioned an ANI report on August 6.

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Parents of Muslim students claim that the trust used the food to school before offering it to Hindu Gods, which is unacceptable to some. After the tender of Iskon ended in July 2016, food suppliers BRK Foods and Ma Parvati Foods were enlisted to provide the mid-day meals but madrasas have refused to accept food from both of them. BRK provides mid-day meals to 315 schools, out of which 56 Madrasas have declined the offer.

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According to the ANI report, parents of madrasa students have threatened madrasas that they would remove their children from the school if they continue to accept food from the present suppliers. Parents have demanded that food should be cooked in the madrasas themselves rather than bringing it from outside.

However, the administrative wing of the Madrasas denied the reports saying that children in madrasa are used to different kind of meals. Due to the conflicting statements by some parents of the children studying in Madrasa and the administrative wing, the matter is now under examination.

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Hindus In Delhi Push For A Temple On The Ruins Of a Mosque

The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

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Supporters of Vishwa Hindu Parishad gather during a rally in New Delhi, Dec. 9, 2018. The group gathered thousands of supporters to demand the construction of a Hindu temple on a site where a mosque was attacked, demolished in 1992. VOA

Tens of thousands of hardline Hindu protesters marched in New Delhi on Sunday, calling for a grand temple to be built on the ruins of a destroyed mosque in a flashpoint Indian city.

Trident-waving devotees clad in saffron filled a huge parade ground in the Indian capital under tight security, where speakers warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi they would not let up until the temple was sanctioned.

Some of Modi’s supporters feel the Hindu nationalist leader has not done enough to raise a shrine at a site in Ayodhya, a city believed by many to be the birthplace of the deity Ram.

The site was home to a medieval mosque for 460 years until Hindu zealots tore it down in 1992, kicking off riots across India that left thousands dead, most of them Muslims.

Its future has been tied up in courts for decades but some hardliners want Modi, who is seeking reelection in 2019, to push parliament to guarantee the temple by law.

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“The gathering here is telling you that Hindus won’t sit back until the temple is built, and our wishes are respected,” said Champat Rai, the leader of the Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) group that organized the protest.

Demonstrators chanting “Praise be to Ram” packed the Ramlila Maidan, a vast ground capable of holding more than 50,000 people, and filled the surrounding streets.

Some carried maces and tridents — weapons traditionally wielded by Hindu gods — and traveled great distances by train and bus to reach the rally.

“We have come here to protect our religion and Hindu pride. We want a temple for our Lord Ram,” Hitesh Bharadwaj, a teacher from Delhi’s satellite city Noida, told AFP.

The hardline VHP has applied pressure on Modi in recent weeks, staging a huge show of force in Ayodhya itself last month.

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A close ally of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the group is spearheading a push to raise the Ram temple, and is calling for more protests as the premier prepares to go to the polls by May.

The BJP was on the margins until the 1980s when its top leaders, including Modi, backed a growing movement for the construction of the Ram temple.

Its advocates want parliament to introduce a law bypassing legal hurdles blocking the temple before Modi’s term ends.

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The Supreme Court has delayed hearings into the disputed site but hardliners have vowed to lay a foundation stone next year regardless.

“We don’t care about the courts. A grand temple will be constructed in 2019,” Sushil Chawdhary, a VHP leader, told AFP. (VOA)