Saturday, May 22, 2010

Bangles & bindis divide ruling saffron combine in civic body -

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    • Linah Baliga / DNA
    • Mumbai:
    • Hindu girl students of 150 convents in the city wearing bindis and bangles to school? There are voices for it, and there are voices against. The debate, it seems, will either rage on or die down, because there is a difference of opinion within the Shiv Sena-BJP alliance ruling the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC).
    • The saffron partners have varying takes on the bindi-and-bangles issue. Rukmini Kharatmol of the BJP, chairperson of the BMC education committee, said she had no intention of placing such a “flimsy” proposal before the state education department. BJP group leader Ashish Shelar supported her.

      But Mumbai BJP president Gopal Shetty and Shiv Sena corporator Raju Pednekar were all for Hindu girl students of state-aided convents schools wearing bindis and bangles, along with school uniform.

      “No school can be deregistered for not allowing girl students to wear bindis and bangles. How many Hindu schools allow girls to wear bindis and bangles,” Shelar asked.

    • His party colleague, Shetty, begged to differ. “This idea must be implemented for the sake of national interest. This Indian identity should continue to exist in society. The Supreme Court has allowed Muslim students of the Aligarh Muslim University to sport long beards. Then why stop Hindu girls from wearing bindis and bangles?” Shetty countered.

      Sena corporator Pednekar said, “We have an issue about convent schools taking aid from the BMC, but following only their own rules. We are not saying that it should be made compulsory for Hindu students to wear bindis and bangles. But if they want to wear them, the schools should not oppose.”

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