Replying to the RSS-affiliate Muslim Rashtriya Manch (MRM) on ‘madrassas across the country to celebrate the Republic Day by hoisting the tricolour on January 26 in their campus’ Darul Uloom Deoband has hits back, saying, “Does RSS hoist the flag at its headquarters in Nagpur?”
Darul Uloom Deoband press secretary Maulana Ashraf Usmani has in return asked a question to MRM, “Does the RSS hoist the tricolour at its offices or its headquarters at Nagpur? Does the RSS’ basic ideology believe in the national anthem?”
“Several madrassas through the Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind, Deoband’s social chapter, not only hoist the Tricolour, most of them observe a holiday during national festivals like Republic Day and Independence Day,” Maulana Usmani said.
Earlier, the MRM campaign, which saw letters being sent to madrassas across the country, comes a few days after reports that a Kolkata teacher was beaten up for teaching national anthem to students to prepare them for Republic Day celebrations.
“The campaign has been named ‘Jhanda Falani’,” said UP co-ordinator of MRM Merajidhwaj Singh. RSS central functionary Indresh Kumar is MRM’s national coordinator.
“The campaign is being carried out throughout the country,” said Singh. “MRM is also going to write letters to Islamic seminaries Darul Uloom Deoband and Nadwa, requesting them to make members of the community aware about the significance of national festivals like the Republic Day,” added Singh.