All government-aided Madarsas in Madhya Pradesh will now teach how to love the country from the next academic session. A book titled 'Vatan say Mohabbat' will be introduced in all the Madarsas and will be made mandatory from class one to class eight.
"There was always a need for teaching love for the country but it was never done. We have now initiated it," says MP Madarsa Board chairman Syeed Imadudeen while talking to India Today.
"We are designing the course for the book. Our standing committee has already approved the need for the book and once the course is decided it will again go to the standing committee after which it will be introduced from class one to eight," Imadudeen said.
On the need for the book, Imadudeen said, "The Madarsas in Madhya Pradesh impart religious education along with modern education and in Islam it is written that we should love the country in which we live. So this is just a small effort to impart what is already there in Islam."
The Opposition Congress has welcomed the Madarsa Board's decision to introduce the 'Vatan Say Mohabbat' book in Madarsas but with a pinch of salt.
"Everyone should love the country so if the government wants to teach it in Madarsas we welcome it but the government should ensure that there is parity in the love for the country that is taught in Madarsas and Sarasvati Shishu Mandirs," Congress spokesman KK Mishra while talking to India Today said.
There are around 2500 government-aided Madarsas in MP and the government gives around Rs 32 lakh to the Madarsa Board every year.