BJP is making the life of non-Hindus miserable inside India, who are now forced to pay obeisance to the sun - Surya. This is simply unacceptable.
All Muslims are fuming on the new directive, esp. the Muslims for Secular Democracy (MSD) which strongly protests the decision of the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation to make Surya Namaskar compulsory in the over 1,200 schools run by the civic body.
The BJP claims Surya Namaskar is beneficial in leading a healthy life, improves concentration and has nothing to do with any religion. While the combination of yogasana postures involved may well be beneficial for good health, Surya Namaskar does mean “salutations to Lord Surya (The Sun), the giver of energy to the world” and is widely regarded as “a wonderful regular routine of exercise, prayer and worship given in the scriptures”.
It is for this reason that very many Muslims find Surya Namaskar objectionable since Islam forbids bowing before or worship of anyone except God.
MSD believes that notwithstanding its posturing, the BJP’s decision to impose Surya Namaskar on all students irrespective of religion is an integral part of its saffronisation agenda.
It therefore supports the demand for a rollback of this unconstitutional decision of the BJP and its ally, the Shiv Sena.
Statement issued by Hasan Kamaal, Javed Siddiqi, Noorjehan Safia Niaz, Javed Anand, Feroze Mithiborwala.