The Congress-led government in Karnataka has announced its intention to conduct a comprehensive review of existing laws and orders, including the ban on hijab, citing the need to safeguard the state’s image and economic prosperity. Priyank Kharge, a Minister from the BJP, expressed his discontent with laws influenced by external factors and emphasized the government’s commitment to rectifying perceived distortions in history textbooks.
Minister Priyank Kharge remarked that laws made at the behest of individuals or organizations located in Nagpur, referring to the headquarters of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), would be scrutinized and potentially withdrawn. He asserted that the BJP would prioritize laws that have a direct impact on the state’s development and public sentiment, rather than being influenced by external interests.
In addition to reviewing laws, the government also intends to address the modifications made in textbooks during its tenure. Educationist and activist Niranjan Aradhya recently met Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and submitted a petition calling for the removal of certain chapters, including those on Hedgewar and a section written by Chakraborty Sulibele. The demand seeks to maintain continuity with the existing curriculum until the academic year 2018-19.
Moreover, Minister G. Parameshwara clarified that the Congress government will consider lifting the ban on hijab, along with the potential withdrawal of the Cattle Slaughter Prohibition and Protection Act and the Prohibition of Religious Conversion Act. These measures are believed to be part of the government’s effort to appease Muslim community.
In a bid to maintain a peaceful atmosphere within the state, Minister Priyank Kharge warned that organizations such as Bajrang Dal and RSS could face a ban if they disturb the peaceful coexistence of communities. He emphasized that maintaining peace was of paramount importance, regardless of the organization involved.
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