News Reading Practice #32

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The previous BJP government banned wearing hijab in educational institutions; Chief Minister Siddaramaiah says matters pertaining to food habits and dress are a matter of personal choice

The Hindu Bureau

In a significant move, Karnataka government is set to revoke the contentious order banning hijab in classrooms, which was passed by the previous BJP government and later led to a legal battle.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, who
alluded to the hijab issue at a programme in Nanjangud in Mysuru district on Friday, announced that he had asked for withdrawal of the hijab order. "We will withdraw the hijab circular and there is no restriction and people can wear the dress of their choice," he said.
The previous BJP government had banned wearing hijab in educational institutions. The Department of Primary and Secondary Education had issued a circular banning hijab in schools and PU colleges which resulted in a
political furore. There were protests for and against the move across the State.
Petitions were filed against the order in the Karnataka High Court in 2022, which ruled in favour of the State's circular and said that students in educational institutions should only wear prescribed uniforms, and where no code was prescribed, they should wear "such attire that would accord with equality and integrity and would not disrupt public order." They held that the wearing of hijab was not an essential religious practice. Later in the year, the Supreme Court delivered a split verdict on the issue, and the case is now pending before a larger Bench.
Elaborating on the issue at the event in Nanjangud, Mr. Siddaramaiah said that matters pertaining to food habits and dress are personal. "I wear a dhoti and someone else may wear pants and shirt. What is wrong in it?" questioned the Chief Minister and said that one should not politicise such issues for political gains.
Though the Congress had
hinted that it would revoke the ban if voted to power in the run-up to the elections, it was the first time that the Chief Minister has said in public that the ban was being revoked.
Mr. Siddaramaiah was speaking in Nanjangud after inaugurating three police stations at Kavalande, Antharsante, and Jayapura. Later, on his social media handle, he also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's
dictum of "Sabka saath, sabka vikas" was hollow.

BJP response
In a quick response, the BJP in its social media handle said the Chief Minister was "trying to
sow the poison of religious bigotry in a harmonious society." It argued that uniform ensures equality among students. The Chief Minister is "creating divisions," the party alleged.


Contentious order: The previous BJP government's order banning the wearing of hijab in educational institutions had resulted in a political furore. 


REVOKE: To officially cancel or withdraw, often referring to a decision, law, or privilege. (തള്ളിക്കളയുക)

PERTAINING: Relating to or having a connection with; relevant to. (സംബന്ധിച്ചിരിക്കുക)

SIGNIFICANT: Having importance, influence, or meaning; noteworthy. (പ്രധാനമായ)

CONTENTIOUS: Causing disagreement or argument; controversial. (വിവാദപൂർണ്ണമായ)

ALLUDED: Indirectly referred to or hinted at without explicitly stating. (നിർദ്ദേശിക്കുക)

WITHDRAWAL: The act of taking back or removing; the process of retreating or pulling back. (പിൻവലിക്കൽ)

POLITICAL FURORE: Intense and public uproar or controversy related to political matters. (ഉഗ്ര രോഷം)

PETITIONS: Formal requests or appeals, often signed by many people, seeking a specific action or change. (അപേക്ഷ)

PRESCRIBED: Recommended or set according to a prescription, rule, or guideline. (നിർദ്ദേശിക്കുക)

INTEGRITY: The quality of being honest, truthful, and having strong moral principles. (സത്യസന്ധത)

DISRUPT: To interrupt or cause disorder, often by breaking the normal course of something. (തടസ്സപ്പെടുത്തുക)

ESSENTIAL: Absolutely necessary or crucial; fundamental. (അത്യാവശ്യമായ)

ELABORATING: Providing more detailed information or explanation on a particular topic. (വിശദമായ)

POLITICISE: To make something political or involve it in political activities. (രാഷ്ട്രീയവൽക്കരിക്കുക)

HINTED: Suggested or indicated indirectly; dropped a subtle suggestion. (സൂചനകൊടുക്കുക)

DICTUM: A formal statement or remark expressing an important principle or observation. (അധികാരപൂർവ്വമായ അഭിപ്രായം)

HOLLOW: Having an empty space inside; lacking sincerity or depth. (പൊള്ളയായ)

SOW: To plant seeds; to introduce or spread something gradually.

BIGOTRY: Intolerance or prejudice, especially regarding one's beliefs or opinions. (എതിരഭിപ്രായം)

HARMONIOUS: Marked by agreement, balance, and a pleasing combination of elements. (യോജിപ്പുള്ള)