As the mainstream media and discriminatory minds of the prejudiced aim to bedizen a necklace of communal hatred on the neck of this country, another pearl was added to the string in Bengali High School in the Navlakha area of Indore, Madhya Pradesh.
During the course of book-keeping examination of Class 12th, held on 9th June at the Bengali High School, thereabout 47 female students of a minority school, Islamia Karimia Society, were seated separately on the covered terrace of the Bengali Larger Secondary Faculty, positioned on a culture dais, under the blistering heat of the sun, allegedly due to their faith, causing the parents of these students to protest outrightly in rage against this prejudiced act of the management.
However, these accusations were adamantly denied by the district administration. State Exam Controller-Balwant Verma also denied the issue of such a controversial discernment. The school authority stayed put on their proclaims that the students were predisposed as such to solely fulfill the proprieties driven by COVID-19.
But the question lies – What about the students of other schools who did belong to the same containment area? Is it righteous to have these students seated outside their classrooms in such uncompromising situations? Is it co-incidental that all the students miraculously happened to belong to the Muslim community?
Or as Aminul Khan Suri, Indore-based spokesman for the Congress; asks – If the school didn’t have enough seating arrangement inside classrooms, why was it made a centre in the first place?
A video of Bhopal Central MLA, Arif Masood was found surfacing on the Internet, where he critically denunciated the act and addressed the Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan regarding the disruption of communal harmony in the academia. He said, “Within the temple of the educational sacrament, wherein culture is taught, students are being taught to hate, instead”. He further asserted that immediate action should be established against the Education Officer and School Management by the CM.
A list of students residing in the containment area was verified by Indore District Education Officer, Rajendra Makwani. Makwani asserted that the students were positioned according to their specified roll numbers and not by bearing their names in mind.