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Hijab nor Saffron Scarves Should Have A Place in Education!

by Aariya Shah


While the right to make choices is always crucial to humanity, it is important to note the other perspective as well. When I was asked to write this article, my eyes were opened to more fruitful information.


As the Kerala Governor, Mr. Arif Mohammad Khan rightly said, the Hijab Ban In Schools is “not a controversy but a conspiracy”. “There is no conflict between religion and education”, adding that “The purpose of religion is to make men acquire knowledge." I agree with this completely as the five pillars of Islam are Shahada (Faith) The declaration of faith in one God (Allah) and His Messenger (peace be upon him), Salah (Prayer) The ritual prayer required of every Muslim five times a day throughout their lifetime, Zakat (Almsgiving) The act of giving a portion of a Muslim’s wealth to those in need throughout their lifetime, Sawm (Fasting) The act of fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, Hajj (Pilgrimage), The sacred pilgrimage to Mecca required of every Muslim at least once in their lifetime if it is within their means and for those who are able. Nowhere in this list does it say that wearing a hijab is compulsory to be a Muslim or follow the Islamic faith.


BV Acharya, the senior advocate and former advocate general of Karnataka, said the government is well within its right to impose a uniform code in its colleges and students need to abide by it. He cited the Allahabad high court verdict delivered in August last year, refusing to allow a suspended Muslim policeman to keep a beard while in service, saying it violated official orders and he can’t seek protection under Article 25. Article 25, of the Indian constitution, states that the State Government has the authority to make laws regarding any financial, economic, political or other secular activity associated with any religious practice.


When students wear different clothes, it creates a sense of division and groupism. If all students wear their religious costumes to school, there will be no sense of camaraderie among different students from different castes, religions and cultural backgrounds. Ashok Harnahalli, the senior advocate and former advocate general of Karnataka said, and I quote, “Anything which affects unity and gives scope to groupism should not be encouraged. There should not be saffron shawls either on campus.” Students have to come with a feeling of unity and that’s the reason the government has introduced the uniform code.


In conclusion, the enforcement of a uniform dress code in educational institutions is completely required and warranted. There needs to be order and uniformity in learning environments and camaraderie so that learning is not distracted by religious symbols that lead to divisiveness. What will happen next, we don’t know, but as of now, the Supreme Court has reserved its judgement on the matter.




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Article 25 (Freedom of Conscience and Free Profession, Practice and Propagation of Religion).

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