Guwahati, India – The Indian state ruled by Hindu nationalism under Prime Minister Narendra Modi passed a law on Wednesday to abolish all Islamic schools, saying they provide low levels of education.
Opposition politicians criticized the move and said it reflects the anti-Muslim attitude of the Indian government towards the Indian majority party.
The Minister of Education of Northeast Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma (Himanta Biswa Sarma) told the local council that 700 schools in the northeast of Assam, called madrasas schools, will be Closed in April.
He said that the government will convert them into regular schools because the education provided by Islamic schools cannot prepare anyone for the “secular world and its earthly concerns.”
Opposition politicians said the move was an attack on Muslims.
The opposition representative of the U.S. Congress, Wajed Ali Choudhury, said: “The idea is to eliminate Muslims.”
On Tuesday, more than 100 retired senior civil servants and diplomats urged the Bharatiya Janata Party government in Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, to repeal a new law that criminalizes forcing brides to undergo religious conversion, which is considered to be targeted at Muslims.