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Indian Muslims outraged at BJP govt's order cancelling Eidul Azha holiday

JAIPUR:  A fresh government order in Rajasthan asking schools and colleges not to declare public holiday on September 25 – a day coinciding with the holy Muslim festival Eid-ul-Adha (commonly known as Bakra Eid) has stirred a controversy.

The new order has just come a days after a meat ban. Rajasthan has ordered schools and colleges to prepare for blood donation camps on September 25, to mark the birth anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, an icon of the BJP and its ideological mentor Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. The day coincides with the Muslim festival of Bakr-Id, which is a holiday, but will not be this time, reported the NDTV.
The Vasundhara Raje government’s order instructs colleges not to declare a holiday on the day.

The order has upset Muslim groups, who say they will go to court against the move to cancel the holiday.

This is a unconstitutional and a very fascist order,” said Professor Salim Engineer of the Forum for Democracy and Communal Harmony. He alleged that the government’s move was a clear attempt at ‘saffronisation’ – the term used by critics to describe pro-Hindu moves.

The government has reacted to the backlash by saying Muslim teachers will be allowed to take leave on that day if they wish. But Muslim groups point out that this has not been put on paper by the government.

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