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Education Content related to socio-political reformers and movements being erased from school textbooks directly challenged structures upheld today by the RSS structures of caste, patriarchy, religion. Shalom Gauri PTI Recent changes in school textbooks in Karnataka, proposed by the Rohith Chakrathirtha Committee, have sparked protests across the state. Students, prominent educationists, and political and religious leaders are resisting the BJP-led state governments attempts to saffronise education. Saffronisation is not, however, the only agenda at work in these changes and a closer analysis of the targeted redactions and telling additions to syllabi makes apparent the underlying shift in approach to education as a whole. In the past year alone, education boards in Rajasthan, Haryana, Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh have ensured similar revisions to their History and Social Science syllabus in particular, each state citing the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020's emphasis on ancient Indian knowledge systems to defend their case. Who is afraid of Basava? The peoples struggle for a representative, counter-hegemonic history has been a long drawn one. As Amulya B writes in the Deccan Herald, There never has been a time when Kannada textbooks represented Kannada literary culture accurately. Be it Kuvempu or Basavanna, the selected works were presented devoid of their caste context and revolutionary potential. And yet, the latest textbook revisions have taken this erasure to a whole new level. Twentyseven Dalit writers including prominent representatives of the Bandaya literary movement have been removed from syllabi. The poems of Siddalingaiah, Chennanna Walikar, and Mudnakudu Chinnaswamy were deleted from textbooks in Class 4, 5 and 6 respectively. Entire chapters on women social reformers such as Akkamahadevi, and on women freedom fighters such as Kamala Chattopadhyay, have been wiped clean from Class 7 Social Science syllabi. The plan, it appears, is for future generations to grow up with no knowledge of the likes of Narayanaguru, Periyar, or even Kanakadasa. Instead, it intends for them to grow up learning Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologues such as VD Savarkar and KB Hegdewar, Chakravarthy Sulibele along with factually-skewed maps of Akhand Bharat. These changes lay bare the hypocrisy of the RSS-BJP regime. On the one hand, the regime is investing in the patronage of revered figures such as Basavanna, eyeing the Lingayat vote. Union Home Minister Amit Shah himself paid tribute to the social reformer on Basava Jayanti this year, and soon after, CM Bommai sanctioned Rs 700 crore for the reconstruction of the historical Anubhava Mantapa in Basavakalyan. On the other hand, they know that Basavannas teachings pose a direct challenge to the very fundamentals of their ideology, rooted as it is in both caste and communalism. Thus, in critical edits made to the school lessons on Basava, his anti-caste perspective is conveniently dropped. Said to be the first religious parliament in the world, Basavannas Anubhava Mantapa was a space founded on principles of inclusivity and rationality, and the awareness that progress is only possible if counter-hegemonic ideas are encouraged. It was meant to nurture dialectical practice and debate on equal footing, and produce future generations filled with the likes of Allama Prabhu and Akkamahadevi. This was possible because their research topics were not subject to scrutiny by the Union government, the way ours will be by the National Research Foundation envisioned by the NEP 2020. It was possible because the dissenting views of students were encouraged, not torn down by bulldozer regimes or shot down on the streets. Each and every campus in our country has the potential to be an Anubhava Mantapa of this kind and the likes of CM Bommai and Education Minister BC Nagesh know this. They are afraid of it and that is why they search for the Mantapa beneath Peer Pashas dargah instead. That is why they use the Hijab ban to push out Muslim women from higher education, despite the fact that only 15.8% of them had access to it in the first place. That is why they wish to take away the Post Matric Scholarship (PMS) funds allocated for SC/ST students and divert them for infrastructure maintenance instead. Education on sale The socio-political reformers and movements that are being erased from school textbooks directly challenged structures upheld today by the RSS structures of caste, patriarchy, religionand of education itself. For their vision of education was entirely different from the commodity it has become today. Be it the first women educators Savitribai Phule (removed from Class 7 Kannada) and Fatima Sheikh, or Babasaheb Ambedkar (removed from Class 8 and 9 Social Sciences), they saw education as a tool for social reform and progress. An opportunity for our collective liberation, education was seen as key to the propagation of modernity and the dismantling of backward socio-economic structures. These were popular aspirations raised during the Indian freedom struggle. This is why the DS Kothari Commission, a parliamentary committee set up to reform education after 1947, could propose a Common School System to replace the private-government hierarchy in primary education a seemingly unimaginable proposal today. But values of social, political and economic justice have very conveniently been left out entirely from the NEP 2020. India's traditional knowledge under the NEP 2020 does not include the scientific advancements made by toiling people, their everyday interactions in society and with nature or the struggles of social reformers against caste, gender-based and religious oppression but an imagined past based on Brahminical supremacist history and myth. In its push for privatisation, the NEP 2020 lays the basis for the government to abdicate its responsibilities of providing free, equal and scientific education for all. Through self-financed courses, promotion of skill training as per market demands, granting of financial (and not academic) autonomy, scuttling reservations for historically oppressed groups and encouraging FDI in setting up of foreign universities in India despite all the talk of Atmanirbhar Bharat, it seeks to dismantle the few existing publicly-funded educational institutions and ideas of social justice promised by the Constitution. This is in line with the BJP regimes newly-introduced Labour Codes, which seeks to promote a flexible labour regime where hire-and-fire, Fixed Term Employment contracts and lack of social security nets are justified as necessary for generating employment. Education which is sold as a service by the ruling elite is merely the mindless training of students to be good bricks in the wall, foot soldiers for fascist mobs and a poorly-paid workforce for the corporates. Shaheed Bhagat Singh wrote that an education system that is fit only for producing clerks and which reproduces an exploitative social order deserves to be challenged. The influence of such revolutionaries on Indian society had led to progressive ideas entering school textbooks in the first place. If struggles inspired by them are weakened, we cannot expect our education system to promote liberatory ideas any longer. Students and youth today must reclaim not only the progressive histories and ideas sought to be erased by the RSS-BJP regime, but also the liberatory role of education itself. (Shalom Gauri is associated with COLLECTIVE Bangalore, a progressive students organisation.)
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Hijab row The principal of the Hampanakatta University College has confirmed that the five students have applied for transfer certificates to join other colleges. TNM Staff Image for representation: PTI Five Muslim girl students from the Hampanakatta University College in Mangaluru have asked for transfer certificates from the college administration, after being denied permission to attend classes wearing hijab. Principal Anusuya Rai has confirmed that the five students have applied for transfer certificates to join other colleges. However, they are being asked to submit another letter making certain corrections. The college management will take a call on issuing the certificates once the students submit the letters, she said. After the announcement of PUC-II results, the admissions to undergraduate courses will begin from this week. Mangaluru University Vice Chancellor PS Yadapaditaya had earlier announced that the university would make special provisions for Muslim students who want to join other colleges in connection with the hijab rule. Earlier in May, after the college decided to ban the wearing of religious clothing on campus as per the Karnataka High Courts decision, a group of girl students had worn hijabs to college. College authorities had sent the students back home. In a video that was shared widely on social media, principal Anusuya Rai was seen speaking with the students and telling them not to wear hijabs to college. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had reacted to the incident, appealing to students not to kick up the hijab row again and abide by the government and High Courts orders. The students in question then approached District Collector Dr Rajendra KV to intervene. However, he said that institutions decide the dress code based on the governments orders, and so declined to get involved. The dress code at the Hampankatta University College was decided in May 2022, during a meeting with the College Development Council, Vice Chancellor and Principal of the college, and members of the Mangaluru University Syndicate. In May, as many as 15 students at the Hampankatta University College were denied permission to attend classes or make use of library facilities while wearing hijabs. The decision, taken by the Mangaluru University, came a day after protests by students belonging to the Akhil Bharatiya Vidya Parishad (ABVP), asking the university to stop women students from wearing the hijab inside the campus. Read: After protests led by ABVP, Mangaluru college restricts hijab on campus Earlier in June, six students of the Uppinangady PU College were suspended for wearing hijabs. They were reportedly given a series of warnings to adhere to the dress code. The Karnataka High Court had upheld the state governments ban on the hijab in educational institutions that have a mandated uniform, and since then, the hijab has been banned in most campuses in the state.
College Principal Anasuya Rai said the five students had approached her with the request for TC so that they could join other colleges which permitted hijab.
Hijab row: 5 girl students seek transfer certificates from college in Karnataka Deccan Herald
Five Muslim girl students of University College, Hampankatta, which was caught in the hijab row, have written to the college administration seeking transfer certificates.
Hijab row: 5 girl students seek transfer certificates from college in Mangaluru Mangaluru: Five Muslim girl students from the Hampanakatta University College here have asked for transfer certificates from the college administration after being denied permission to attend classes wearing hijab. Principal Anusuya Rai has confirmed that the five students have applied for transfer  The post Hijab row: 5 girl students seek transfer certificates from college in Mangaluru appeared first on Mangalorean.com .
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Unsurprisingly, they have escalated the matter to the highest court, even while claiming that it should have been resolved, locally, long ago.
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We will not go to college without a hijab, says Almas, a student and petitioner in the Hijab row case on the Karnataka High Court upholding the state government's ban on hijabs in educational institutions.
I am not the kind of person who will get brainwashed (into wearing a hijab), says Almas, a student and petitioner in the Hijab row case in Karnataka when asked about the argument that women are coerced into wearing a hijab.
Responding to a question on what the state government will do to prevent further instances of harassment of students for wearing hijabs, Karnataka Minister Dr CN Ashwath Narayan says, it was a difference in understanding, some people took it seriously. Now, we're not giving any scope (for protests).
The Karnataka High Court says hijab is not an essential part of our religion, this is wrong. Our quran says that the hijab is essential, says Almas, a student and petitioner in the Hijab row case in Karnataka.
(The state government) reiterated that students irrespective of caste, creed, religion need to wear uniforms. The court has taken a similar stand. Now, (petitioners) are saying even the court is is wrong says Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Higher Education on Muslim students' reaction to the Karnataka High Court's order upholding the hijab ban.
If the college development committee prescribes a uniform, students must follow it. If not, there's no question of preventing (students from wearing hijabs), says Dr CN Ashwath Narayan, Minister of Higher Education, Karnataka.
In a landmark judgment, the Karnataka High Court ruled that wearing of hijab by Muslim women is does not form essential religious practice in the Islamic faith and prescribing uniform is not a violation of fundamental rights guaranteed under Article 19(1)(a) and 25 of the Constitution.
The Karnataka High Court will declare its verdict today on the hijab ban issue, which set off a huge controversy in the state earlier this year. Ahead of the verdict, the state government has banned large gatherings for a week in state capital Bengaluru o maintain public peace and order. Mangalore too has banned large gatherings from March 15 to 19. The Udupi district administration has declared a holiday in schools and colleges today.
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Its inexplicable why wearing a hijab should cause a row when similar practices have long been prevalent among most social groups in the country. Politics seems to be at play here
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