‘Cold shoulder to Urdu’: Rajasthan teacher cancels march to Dandi after 9-point pact
Written by Hamza Khan
| Jaipur |
November 23, 2020 1: 58: 30 am
Thakur Shamsher Bhalu Khan (white turban) started his yatra on November 1.
Twenty-two days after he set out on a yatra to Dandi in Gujarat looking for much better terms for Urdu teachers, Thakur Shamsher Bhalu Khan (45) aborted his yatra on the border district of Udaipur late on Sunday, following a meeting with Rajasthan Waqf Board Chairman Khanu Khan Budhwali.
” We have actually reached a nine-point agreement and welcomed him to satisfy Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra in Jaipur on Monday. Following the meeting, he has actually called off his Dandi yatra,” Budhwali told The Indian Express Khan is anticipated to arrive in Jaipur Monday.
However, throughout past couple of weeks, Khan’s march joined several Muslim organisations and brought out the growing discontent among an area of Muslims versus the Ashok Gehlot-led Congress government.
For numerous years now, the Urdu instructors in Rajasthan have been making a number of needs, consisting of regularisation of madrasa instructors– currently utilized on a contractual basis by the Minority Affairs Department– and more just recently, for teaching Urdu and visit of instructors for the exact same for primary classes under the Education Department.
What acted as a driver were two government orders by Main Education Director Saurabh Swami on September 2 and September 5. The orders state that just one 3rd language can be taught, between classes 6 and 8, and just one teacher can be appointed for the exact same in a school, with Gujarati, Urdu, Sindhi and Punjabi being the 4 languages that were listed as the third language.
The 2004 state policy had empowered district education officers to administer primary education in minority languages however the September 2 order seemingly altered this arrangement. “It has been brought to notice that some district education authorities are offering approval for another 3rd language in specific schools, which is not based on rules,” Swami stated.
Annoyed by the “cold shoulder to Urdu instructors, language and community”, Khan chose to carry out a Dandi march on November 1 as a “Gandhian” measure to have the ear of a “Gandhian CM”.
Protest or marches in Khan’s assistance have since been held in towns within Barmer, Bikaner, Sawai Madhopur, Ganganagar, Churu, Tonk, Pali, Sikar and several other districts under the banner of different organisations such as Majlis-e-Hind in Barmer, Tehreek-e-Urdu in Sikar. Being Khan’s home district, Churu has seen the most variety of protests.
For Khan, the seeds of the battle were planted in 2005 when the Bikaner University “discriminated” against Muslim students. “In 2005, I was granted the gold medal in MA, but the university did not even notify me. I read it in papers … and lastly got it (gold medal) after a two-month struggle.” He has actually considering that continued seeking more posts for Urdu teachers in Bikaner department, and states he has actually been promoted only as soon as in his 21- year teaching career, declaring that “Urdu instructors are consistently bypassed for promos”.
” Constitution of India has Short Article 350 A (for main education in mother tongue for linguistic minorities). Withdraw this Post and we will not demand anything of you,” Khan stated from Udaipur where he had arrived Thursday.
Nevertheless, Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasra informed The Indian Express, “There is no third language in classes 1-5 anywhere in India, but only between classes 6 and 8. If main school itself had Urdu, then why would the madrasas have opened? Some individuals are unnecessarily developing confusion.” He said the Gehlot federal government has actually “not done anything versus Urdu, however only increased the posts. You ought to make demands which have a legal or affordable basis and we will go ahead with it. Anybody can sit with us for talks.”
As for regularisation of madrasa instructors, Minority Affairs Minister Saleh Mohammad, who had actually notified the Assembly in July 2019 that a ministerial committee will decide the issue, informed The Indian Express that the report has actually been sent to the CM and “a choice will be taken quickly”.
As Khan– child of previous Congress Churu MLA Bhalu Khan (1980-85)– went on with his padyatra, Muslim voices within the state Congress, consisting of MLAs Hakam Ali Khan, Wajib Ali, Rafeek Khan, Amin Kagzi, Zahida Khan, apart from Mukesh Bhakar, and so on separately wrote to Gehlot or Dotasra, asking for withdrawal of orders, regularisation of madrasa teachers, and so on. Some Congress leaders, such as Sadulpur (Churu) MLA Krishna Poonia, also provided ‘moral’ assistance to Khan, who claimed that over 130 former and existing MLAs and almost 200 organisations have actually extended their support to him.
In his letter, Hakam said that with the federal government not paying any attention to the demands towards regularisation of Urdu para-teachers and preservation of Urdu, resentment is rife amongst the minority neighborhood. Rafeek Khan stated that the two federal government orders must be withdrawn which the impugned section of May 2019 staffing pattern be terminated.
On November 12, the government withdrew its 2 September orders, however the demonstrations did not stop.
A delegation of Muslim Progressive Online forum led by Congress leader Mohammed Shareef likewise met Congress state in-charge Ajay Maken on November 18 and apprised him of their concerns about disregard by Congress leadership to their problems, such as bypassing them for a mayoral post in the recently-held local polls, apart from the concern of Urdu teachers. The very same day, Abid Kagzi, chief of Congress State Minority Cell, announced that a delegation of the Minority Cell will take it up with CM.
Beyond the Congress, Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal had also extended his support to Khan, and asked CM Gehlot to resolve his needs.
Back in Churu, spouse Akhtar Bano has been providing him support extensive public videos and demonstrations. He has 3 daughters– with the eldest one pursuing law while the other two are BSc (Nursing) trainees.
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