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  • The government decides to decriminalize more than two-thirds of penal sections in the Companies Act
  • Muslim groups tell the Supreme Court that they want the Babri Masjid to be restored
  • Muslim groups claim that while they were asked questions in court, Hindus were not questioned
  • Postpaid mobile services restored in Jammu & Kashmir from today, but still no internet
  • Abhijit Banerjee, an Indian-American currently a professor at MIT, wins the 2019 Noble prize in economics jointly with two others
  • Industrial output slumps in August as the IIP shrinks by 1.1%
  • Prime Minister Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping watch a cultural show at the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram
  • J&K administration lifts the ban on entry of tourists in the Valley, but it remains doubtful how many will visit without being able to use mobile phones and internet
  • After Sena asks members to support the BJP candidate in Kalyan, 26 party corporators and 300 members resign setting off a crisis
  • The Centre sets up a 12-member committee to suggest systemic changes in the GST structure to improve compliance and collection, prevent misuse and evasion and rationalize rates and slabs
  • In line with the RBI outlook on the Indian economy, rating firm Moody's also downgrades growth forecast from 6.8% to 5.8% this year, saying the economy is experiencing a pronounced slowdown
  • HDFC chairman Deepak Parekh says the financial system in India does not offer foolproof security for misuse of the savings of the common man
  • Shivinder Singh and Malvinder Singh, promoters of Ranbaxy and Fortis, arrested for their role in Religare Finvest scam
  • Supreme Court says marriage can be dissolved if it has broken down irretrievably
  • DA of Central government staff hiked by 5% to 17%
Sourav Ganguly is the new president of BCCI, says conflict of interest is a big concern
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Delhi: Segregating Children In School By their Religion

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In a dangerous trend, a teacher in a government school in Delhi was found to be segregating students to different sections according to their religion. Hence, he was putting all Hindus in, say, section A, Muslims in section B and Sikhs in section C. Did he not realize the stupidity of his action and the cascading effect it could trigger in future? For instance, could not the Hindu students demand further segregation as per their caste? Or the Muslims seek to be divided into Shias and Sunnis? Or all students ask to be divided further into sections based on regional or linguistic identities?

The purpose of education is to make children law-abiding citizens of the future in a pluralistic society. To do this, we have to develop their minds in a way that respects people who are different from them in any way. If we start segregating them, they will develop a ghetto mentality and will become antagonistic towards children from other communities. As it is, most of the English medium schools in India have become elitist with an unwritten rule to admit sons and daughters of ex-students or those from a particular stratum of society. There is an urgent need to keep the other schools, especially government-run or aided, free from all bias.

Could the teacher have acted on his own or was there social pressure (from some parents, perhaps or from the community) on him? He has claimed that it was a “management decision”. The government should get to the root of the problem by identifying who issued the orders and how was it made possible. The teacher who did it should be handed out exemplary punishment to deter others from attempting such misadventures. There should be zero tolerance against segregation of any kind.