Education is a profession as well as a training ground for professionals and therefore, the type of cloth as a matter of personal liberty and freedom of choice does not arise. Can a doctor decide not to wear a white apron or lawyer a black robe? Don’t Hindus wear white cloths and Christians wear black cloths in funerals and have they ever contested their professional dress on the name of these practices. Further, though the Holy Koran talks of decency in cloths nowhere it prescribes hijab.
The heated controversy over hijab has made it explicit that India needs to defend its educational institutions including schools and colleges by the preservation of its democratic, secular and republic traditions. Further, the best education for a country is multicultural education which provides equal opportunities to a child to succeed regardless of his/her race, religion, gender, ethnicity, language and cultural background. Such an education discourages ‘othering’ and promotes integration. The practice of wearing masks has encouraged a divisive tendency, and has been banned even in European nations such as France whose population comprises a substantial portion of Muslims.
Rakesh Dahiya, Delhi
Role of mother
World Women’s Day is a golden occasion to express gratitude towards women and to congratulate the mother power. It is a historic day to highlight the glory of women. The highest position of a civilized society goes to the woman. While explaining the reason, the empiricists say, in our Indian tradition, like Bharatmata, Rajmata, Gaumata, the earth is also called mother. It is because the earth creates life. She is the creator, the protector, the nurturer, the propagation of the seed, she encapsulates all in the lap of love and bears everything silently. That is why she got the proud title of ‘Mother’. This is the role of mother.
Navin Bansal, Bengaluru
Saint filled with compassion
Chaitanya Mahaprabhu’s specialty as a great spiritual agitator saint was that he communicated and transmitted the spirit of religion, equanimity, compassion, unity, love, devotion, peace and non-violence in the heart of the people. He travelled from city to town, village to village, explaining the importance of devotion and sankirtana and changing the hearts of the people. This devotional movement of his made countless people feel sankirtana rasa, away from the discrimination of religion, caste, sect or country, and created such a unique environment that their lives should be filled with happiness, peace, harmony and love.
GK Rastogi, Kolkata