While laying the foundation stone of Hirakud dam, the then Prime Minister of India Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru had said to the to be displaced villagers, "If you are to suffer, you should suffer in the interest of the country."
In the mid-eighties one Banita Punji had sold her sister-in-law for a paltry amount of 40 rupees. It made headlines in the national and international newspapers. Media persons and the leaders made a bee line to Punji's village Hatimunda. It is three decades since then, and a plethora of poverty alleviation schemes like employment guarantee act, one rupee rice etc are there, however, practice of child trade has become a continuous practice in the bountiful Odisha.
Given the different kinds of existing Madrasa, the problem arises when we think of such questions as maintenance of institutions, discipline, uniformity in courses of studies and, above all, the standard of teaching. A good deal of discrepancy emerges which need to be considered and stream lined. It's all about 'Marhaba' for Modi's 'Madrasa Mission.
Union government's present finance budget response to the problems and financial support for Madrasa education in the country is really 'Marhaba' (welcome) to PM Narendra Modi's Madrasa mission. The fact that Modi Government has allocated Rs 100 crores for Madrasa education in the current Budget clearly indicates a great change that should remove much of the apprehensions and miss giving from the mind of Muslims in India.