A government school principal in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh was suspended after students recited Allama Iqbal’s poem, “lab pe aati hai dua ban ke tamanna meri”.
The verse concludes with ‘Mere Allah burai se bachana mujhko’ which was considered as an inappropriate part of the poem by a Hindutva organization.
State’s Education department took action against the principal after the local unit of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) complained to the police about a prayer song sung by the children. Police have booked the principal and a teacher after the allegations that “madrassa-type prayers” were being recited in a government school.
The Education Department stated that the principal has been suspended on the basis of initial information and an inquiry will be conducted into the matter
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