Army chief should do what he's supposed to do, not give us sermons on education: J&K govt
Army chief should do what he's supposed to do, not give us sermons on education: J&K govt

Jammu and Kashmir Education Minister Altaf Bukhari on Saturday hit back at Army Chief General Bipin Rawat for hinting that students in the Kashmir Valley were being ''radicalised'' in the schools, saying the ‘well-decorated officer’ should not give sermons on issues that are not his domain.

The state government’s retort was in response to Rawat’s statement that schools in the state were teaching two maps — India’s and Jammu and Kashmir’s — to the students, which he said was radicalising youth.
Attacking Rawat, Bukhari said the Army should concentrate on its own job and not meddle with the state's education system.

Bukhari said that he does not think any society will accept sermons on education from non academicians. "I would welcome sermons from academicians on how to run the education system. Education is subject on State list and this is not on concurrent list and falls well within the domain of the State,” the Minister for Education said.

He added: "We know how to run our education system. The constitution of India has given different roles to different people. I would be glad if they (Army) do what they are supposed to do and leave us to do what we are supposed to do.”

He said that J&K has a capable chief minister here who is there to supervise and take review of different departments. "If she finds any reasons for improvement she can pinpoint and order for corrective measures as well.”

Advising the Army Chief to exercise restrain while commenting on issues other than the security related matters, Bukhari said: "I think those sermonizing us should do their duties in a more professional manner so as to ease the sufferings of a common man in Jammu and Kashmir.”

He said the army has its job they should focus on it. He said if they do their work well a lot of this problem of separatism would be addressed”
Army chief had said each classroom in government schools in J&K has a separate map of the state besides that of India which sowed the seeds of thought of some kind of "separate identity" among the children.

While defending two flags in classrooms, J&K Education minister said the State has two flags and map because it has its own constitution due to Article 370, grants special status to the State. "Every school in a state has a state map because you explain it to the students”.

Maintaining that State’s education system is fine, Bukhari said, "There is no shortcomings in J&K’s education system and it was not producing extremists. Our children are not going towards radicalisation”.

"I think army chief did not mean it. India is a democratic country and army does not have control on anything and army chief fully knows it,” he said.

Rawat’s statement was criticised on social media with many pointing out that students in all schools in the country are taught about the two maps, the country’s and the state’s.
Addressing the media on the eve of Army Day on Friday, Bipin Rawat had linked the two-flag issue with militancy.

"...Why do we need a separate map for J&K? What does it teach the children? Most misguided youth come from schools where they are being radicalised,” he had said.

The army chief had also said that some control has to be exercised over madrassas and mosques that "spread misinformation”.

Bukhari said there was no harm in getting education from madrassas. "Education has its own domains. Madrassas also give education. There is no harm. Education is education. People go to China to learn,” the minister said.


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