Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan stirred a new controversy by saying that madrasas “do not produce people like Nathuram Godse or Pragya Singh Thakur”.
Azam Khan, made the comments when he was asked on Tuesday to respond to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new plan to connect madrasas to mainstream education.
Speaking to news agency ANI, Mr. Khan said “Madrasas don’t breed those of Nathuram Godse’s nature or with a personality like Pragya Thakur’s. First announce that those propagating thoughts of Nathuram Godse will be declared enemies of democracy, those convicted for terror activities won’t be rewarded.”
Pragya Thakur, an accused in the 2008 Malegaon blasts and out on bail, won last month’s election from Bhopal as a BJP candidate and Nathuram Godse was Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin.
“Religious teaching is given at madrasas. At the very same madrasas, English, Hindi and Maths are taught. This has always been done. If you want to help, improve their standard. Build buildings for madrasas, provide them with furniture and midday meals,” SP leader Azam Khan added.
The modernisation of Madrasas was the plan of PM Modi had during his campaign in the previous 2014 polls.
“Hold a Quran in one hand and computer in the other,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said.
Source : Various