Yogi’s Inquiry: Madrasa Teaches Fundamentalism, Waqf Board Will Grab Land… Uttar Pradesh Won’t Tolerate Anymore

Lucknow: There has been a lot of ruckus over two decisions of the Yogi government of Uttar Pradesh. The first is the survey of unrecognized madrasas and the second is the survey of waqf properties. The government believes that it is necessary to carry out this survey to improve the educational system in the madrasas, to fight against corruption. The government has also started working on it quickly, and on October 25, reports from all districts will be sent to the government. In contrast, when the Madrassa inquiry was announced, all opposition parties began to oppose it. But the edge of this protest was dulled when all major institutions including Darul Uloom Deoband backed the Yogi government’s inquiry decision. By now, the issue was getting cold and the parties started aiming for another Yogi government decision. In fact, the government has revoked the 1989 mandate to register public properties like waste rock, waste, etc. as waqfs in the state. With this, the government has started the survey of Waqf properties in UP, this survey will also be completed by October 8th.

Now the policy has also intensified regarding the investigation of the properties of this waqf. SP leader Akhilesh Yadav clearly opposes the madrassa inquiry and the waqf inquiry. Akhilesh Yadav clearly says that we are against the investigation, the investigation should not be done. The government must only make Hindu-Muslims. Those who claim that there is a trillion-dollar economy, tell them, will the trillion-dollar economy be achieved by carrying out a survey in madrasas?

But a slight change in the attitude of AIMIM can be observed this time. He does not vocally oppose the Waqf inquiry like the Madrasa inquiry but definitely raises questions about the intention of the Yogi government. AIMIM leader Asim Waqar said that over the past 15 years there have been big scams in Shia and Sunni Waqf councils. The former chairman of the Shia Waqf Board broke the scam record. There was a CBI investigation into this, an FIR was filed. Asim Waqar asked where is this report? When did he go to jail for fraud? Asim Waqar said the chairman of Sunni Waqf Board was appointed in the BSP government, he also remained the same chairman in the Samajwadi government. If the BJP government came, then the same president was part of it too? The BJP government returned, again the same president. He said if there is an honest investigation, there will be big manipulation.

After Madrasahs in UP, now Waqf Board ownership will be investigated, Yogi government canceled 33-year-old order
On the other hand, UP government’s Minority Welfare Minister Dharampal Singh says Waqf properties are very important. The waqf is the property of God, no one has the right to take possession of it. The government began to conduct this investigation with a clear intention. Orders have already been issued to identify Waqf properties and take action.

What is the problem
In fact, the Yogi government had recently ordered a survey of unaided madrassas across the state. On this, Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM first protested, later all opposition parties including the SP raised questions about the intention of the Yogi government. Interestingly, this investigation got the support of all operational units of the UP madrassa. In this sequence, a big meeting regarding the Madrasa inquiry was held at Darul Uloom Deoband recently. In this document, supporting the government’s decision to carry out an investigation, it was clearly stated that madrasas built on government land are illegal. They must be deleted. After the meeting, Maulana Arshad Madani, Chairman of All India Jamiat Ulema-e-Hind said that the order issued by the government regarding the Madrasa investigation is justified. There is nothing wrong with that, so the government should be supported. He urged the madrasas to answer all questions posed by the government in the investigation. Nothing abnormal was found in the investigation. As such, the investigation must be supported. A resolution was passed at the meeting that the government’s investigation would be supported.

Darul Uloom Deoband’s big announcement on the UP madrassa investigation, backed the UP government process…will the heckling stop?
After the announcement of Darul Uloom, the policy of madrassas had been reduced a bit. But now another Yogi government decision has started the cycle of rhetoric again. In fact, the Yogi government has announced that it will conduct a review of public properties registered as Waqfs in Uttar Pradesh. The government was of the opinion that in 1989, based on an erroneous order, public properties such as wasteland, wasteland, etc. were registered as waqf properties. This ordinance was against both revenue laws and the Waqf law, so the Yogi government canceled this 33-year term.

In this case, the Department of Minorities issued instructions to all commissioners and deputy ministers of the UP to review these properties, which were registered in the Waqf against the rule. They must be canceled and the income records must be corrected. The government has set a deadline of October 8 to complete this whole process.

What was this command?
On April 7, 1989, the Department of Revenue issued an order stating that the properties of Waqfs are mainly registered in the form of waste rock, Usar, Bhita, etc. in the revenue registers, while there are Waqfs on the spot. These properties, lands must be properly recorded in the revenue registers as to the Waqf property status (cemetery, mosque, Idgah) and then demarcated. It is alleged that based on this order, many such properties in UP, which were sterile, unused, etc. in the income registers, were recorded as Waqf in the registers.

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All eyes on the Muslim vote bank
Let us tell you that the Muslim population of UP is considered to be just over 19%. This population occupies a decisive position of 30% in the 71 Vidhan Sabhas of the state. At the same time, the Muslim population of the 141 seats in the Assembly is larger than the average Muslim population in the state. From a political point of view, whether it is a madrassa survey or a waqf property survey, both are directly related to the Muslim society and whether it is the BJP or the SP-BSP , all are now trying to woo the Muslim vote bank. The BJP wants to make inroads in the Pasmanda society by reforming the system as they have the largest number of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh. Their children are educated in madrasas and their interference in waqf properties is negligible.

On the other hand, Akhilesh Yadav’s SP has been the first choice of Muslim society, so he tries to be friendly in raising these issues. There is also a reason, in the UP assembly elections of 2022, the BSP was reduced to only one seat and the Muslim vote bank contributed significantly to the 111 seats obtained by the SP from Akhilesh. Even after this defeat, Mayawati admitted that the Muslim vote bank went directly to the PS. Now Mayawati is increasingly trying to reach the Muslim vote bank. The goal is the 2024 Lok Sabha elections for everyone.

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