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Row Over Islamic Verses During All-faith Prayers, Kanpur School Backs Down

Last Updated: August 02, 2022, 15:57 IST

Row Over Islamic Verses During All-faith Prayers, Kanpur School Backs Down (Representative image)

Row Over Islamic Verses During All-faith Prayers, Kanpur School Backs Down (Representative image)

The Florets International School announced a holiday on Monday after Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP workers held a demonstration, claiming that students were being compelled to recite the ’Kalma Tayyab’

A private school here has stopped the recitation of religious prayers during the morning assembly after right-wing protests over the inclusion of some Islamic verses in the decade-old practice followed by the institution. The Florets International School announced a holiday Monday after Vishwa Hindu Parishad and BJP workers held a demonstration, claiming that students were being compelled to recite the ’Kalma Tayyab’.

According to a local VHP leader, the activists also purified the school premises. The school management said the Gayatri Mantra and the Gurbani are also recited during the morning assembly as part of its ’Sarva Dharma Samman’ (all religions are equal) philosophy.

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From today, we have stopped reciting these prayers and started singing only the national anthem,” school’s managing director Sumeet Makhija said. The controversy erupted after a parent tweeted that students at the two-decade old institution were being ”compelled” to recite the ’Kalma Tayyab’.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (Seesamau) Nishank Sharma told.

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