GUWAHATI, India — An Indian state dominated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist get together on Wednesday handed a regulation abolishing all Islamic colleges, saying they offered substandard training.
Opposition politicians criticized the transfer and mentioned it mirrored the federal government’s anti-Muslim perspective within the Hindu-majority nation.
Greater than 700 of the colleges, often called madrasas, in northeastern Assam will likely be shut by April, the state’s training minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed the native meeting.
“We’d like extra medical doctors, law enforcement officials, bureaucrats, and lecturers, from the minority Muslim neighborhood reasonably than Imams for mosques,” mentioned Mr. Sarma, a rising star in Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Celebration.
The federal government would convert them to common colleges as training offered within the madrasas couldn’t put together anybody for “the temporal world and its earthly issues,” he mentioned.
Opposition politicians mentioned the transfer was an assault on Muslims.
“The concept is to wipe out Muslims,” mentioned Wajed Ali Choudhury, a lawmaker from the opposition Congress get together.
Greater than 100 retired senior civil servants and diplomats on Tuesday urged the B.J.P. authorities in India’s largest state of Uttar Pradesh to repeal a brand new regulation criminalizing compelled non secular conversion of brides, which is seen as aimed in opposition to Muslims.