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Why there is opposition to Surya Namaskar in schools?
Some BJP-ruled states are pushing ahead with the plan to make Surya Namaskar, Yoga and Bhagwad Gita recital compulsory in schools which is being opposed by minority religious groups and public protests against such decisions have been held for the withdrawal of such imposition on school children.

Muslims have termed the plan anti-Islamic and detrimental to their religious freedom. The argument is that Islam being a monotheism religion, the followers cannot bow before anyone except Allah and it is wrong to impose such things on Muslims in schools.

 It is also being said that it was unconstitutional to undermine the religious freedom of people since it would disturb the harmony and peace in the country to slow the pace of development. It is being felt that some states were trying to 'safforonise and communalize' education.

Rajasthan state government has made "Surya Namaskar" mandatory in all government and private schools. Defending the decision, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje said a few days ago that the decision was in the interest of children since Yoga and Surya Namaskar will take only 15 minutes on school days and would children's health.

However,  most Muslims feel the all these moves of politicization of education is to isolate the Muslim children in the schools and force them to remain uneducated by pushing them out of schools and create a feeling of insecurity among the community.

Education has be a neutral subject and should subscribes for inclusive and differentiated learning, rather than an imposed uniformity and similarity, said an educated Muslim who runs private computer classes in Raipur.

In the recent Annual Conference of State Minorities Commissions held in Delhi, a concern about increasing sense of insecurity among minorities and a large population of our country is not able to get quality and affordable education.

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