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Assam CM Himanta Sarma wants to close all madrasas, needs more colleges

Himanta Biswa Sarma

Himanta Biswa Sarma, the Chief Minister of Assam, pledged to persist in his efforts to crack down on madrasas within the state, asserting that individuals desire to pursue their education in schools and colleges instead. On Thursday, while speaking at the BJP's Vijay Sankalp Yatra in Belagavi, Karnataka, Himanta Biswa expressed his thoughts, “I have shut down 600 madrasas, and I intend to close down all madrasas, as our focus is on having schools, colleges, and universities, not madrasas.” 


In 2020, Sarma became well-known for introducing a disputed law in Assam that mandated that all government-funded madrasas should transform into regular schools offering general education. Presently, in January 2023, 3,000 madrasas have been recorded or unrecorded in the state. The senior BJP leader escalated his language regarding undocumented migrants, alleging that individuals from Bangladesh migrate to Assam and pose a danger to the region's civilization and culture.


He also criticised both the Congress and the Left, alleging that they were distorting India's history by promoting a pro-Mughal storyline. The Congress and Communist parties emphasized the historical significance of Babur, Aurangzeb, and Shah Jahan. He emphasises that India's history should be remembered for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Guru Gobind Singh, and Swami Vivekananda instead.


CM Sarma continuously attacked the opposition party by comparing them to the Mughals and accused them of attempting to destabilise the country, labelling them as the "new Mughals." 

He strongly criticised the party for its stance on the Babri Mandir issue and its opposition to the building of the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. “The BJP has a different outlook compared to the Congress, as they focus on building temples rather than demolishing them,” CM Sarma stated.


“In the past, the leader of Delhi discussed the demolition of temples, but currently, during the leadership of PM Modi, the focus is on constructing temples, which directly indicates the changes in India. The Congress party is perceived to be undermining this new direction and is being likened to the new Mughal rulers,” said Sarma. 


The BJP leader remarked that numerous individuals in India declare themselves as Muslims and Christians with pride, which he doesn't object to. However, he emphasised the need for someone who can confidently assert their Hindu identity, stating that India requires such a person at present.


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