Schools run by Christians, Jews, Muslims, & others have their powers ripped off by a new law, which will hit the rest of India soon.
Under the guise of aiding minority-run schools, the Gujarat government reportedly seeks to control appointments of key staff and influence the character of minority-run institutions! The Gujarat Secondary and Higher Secondary Education (Amendment) Act, 2021 has been
‘Notified’ by the Government of Gujarat and has come into force from 1st June 2021.
The indications for the Minority Education (Grant-in-Aid) Institutions are as follows:
o They can no longer appoint Staff (Principal, Teaching & Administrative) in their schools
on their own.
o The Government through its Central Recruitment Committee will Select & appoint
staff in their schools as per their ‘Merit List’.
o TAT (Teacher’s Aptitude Test) which was Exempted for the minorities earlier will
now be applicable.
Christians sources say that “With this, the last nail on the coffin is truly nailed, and our Minority Right under Article 30(1) “…to establish and administer educational institutions of one’s choice ….”
The ‘Gujarat Education Board of Catholic Institutions’ which has 181 registered Catholic
schools in Gujarat has already drafted a Petition through their lawyers to challenge this
‘Amended Act’ which is beyond the Constitutional Provisions, in the Hon’ble High Court
Some of the other Minority institutions run by Jews, Muslims, Jains, other Christian
denominations, and the Linguistic Groups have also joined in this legal challenge.
If this law succeeds in Gujarat, they will try and implement it in the whole of India.
Most of the English-speaking people in India studied in Christian schools and there were hundreds of these schools scattered over India! In the 2000s, Christian missions ran 16,500 schools and 6,500 hospitals in India. L. K. Advani ji, late Arun Jaitley, and many others in the BJP too studied in Christian schools.
Also, the Center had moved on a campaign to de-license 4470 NGOs in India, in addition to the 8875 NGOs whose licenses were revoked earlier for “violation” of rules governing foreign funds. In this revocation, it is notable that while Muslim and Christian NGOs were targeted, Hindu NGOs were largely left untouched.
The abolishment of Muslim and Christian NGOs and now also the authoritarian move to take over schools was analyzed by experts to be rooted in fear of the minorities. With trends going around by RSS-backed forces, occasionally, India will occasionally hear mournful and fearful cries “Hindu khatre mein hai!” meaning Hindus are in danger in India. The Hindutva groups leading this rant seem to be terrified that Hindus are in danger in India! Terrified of perhaps 20% of minorities who incidentally want to live in peace with all.
It is ironic that that RSS-based Hindus did not feel fear when a Sikh, Manmohan Singh was ruling India, they did not feel frightened when Congress rule India for 60 years, did not fear when the Muslim dynasties ruled India from 1526–1748 and the British, essentially, a more “Christian” rule for nearly 200 years, but are petrified when RSS rooted Narendra Modi is ruling India!
When the country is battered by COVID-19, revoking the NGO licenses had been a disastrous move. It is NGOs that have always risen in emergencies and national disasters to help at the risk of their own lives. The people running NGOs are doing service as their Dharma. Every religion calls for doing good for others.
The heart of every NGO and every school is a message to India that we are Indians first, not Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Jain, Buddhist, Christian, Atheist, etc. Ethnicity should not divide us, but the golden helping hands of humanity unite us. This is our Dharma and our faith and religion are practiced out by good works through NGOs and good schools.
The minority educational establishments have always produced distinguished students over the decades with their tremendous hard work and dedication. The Constitution has given minorities the right to establish and run educational institutions thus far. It is alarming that the government wishes to strip away the constitutional rights of educational institutions, which has never happened before.
It appears to the minorities to be an insidious plan to take control of minority-run educational institutions under the pretense of providing aid and building a supreme regime over schools to take over educational institutions.
It is imperative that the courts protect the secular democratic nature of our constitution that is being undermined by this law and the judiciary needs to have the courage to pass fair judgment, and prove the Constitution is alive in India.
“Sad day, sad day for minority schools and it is a wake-up call for all minority schools especially Christian schools which have always been held in high esteem,” said one Christian leader who does not wish to be named.