A Garba event at a school in Nadiad’s Hataj village has run into controversy after its Muslim teacher is said to have forced students to perform Tajia instead of Garba. The incident occurred on September 30 at Play Center School which had organized a one-day Garba event.
Reports state the students were called to the school to play Garba but Tajia music was played at the event. Furthermore, students were made to wear t-shirts with heretical names. The video of the incident shows both male and female students banging their chests like they do in Muharram mourning processions instead of performing the Garba dance.
Residents met the district collector demanding punishment for the guilty and submitted a memorandum in this regard. “We presented a memorandum. Yesterday, a one-day Garba event was organized in a primary school in Hathaj village, Nadiad. Students were performing Garba, and a DJ system was playing. Meanwhile, the Garba came to a halt. There are Muslim teachers among the teachers at the school and we don’t mind this. But, the problem is that they abruptly stopped the Garba and began shouting religious chants. They provided the students with T-shirts having religious symbols on them,” said Hindu Dharma Sena’s Kheda president.
Tajia meaning to remember the deceased is derived from the Arabic word aza. It is usually performed by the Shia Muslims who re-enact Muhammad’s grandson Hussein’s death in the battle of Karbala. Different songs are played and Islamic religious slogans are raised during the Muharram Tajia processions. In other words, it is mourning whereas Navratri is a festival to celebrate Maa Durga and Her victory over Mahishasura.
This seems to be a deliberate attempt at Islamization of the Hindu festival as it is suspected to be the handiwork of the banned terrorist outfit PFI (People’s Front of India). An investigation has been launched to ascertain the person and reason behind bringing in Tajia at a Hindu event.
The Islamists appear to be purposely disrupting Hindu festivities. Recently, four Muslim men were caught after they entered a Navratri event to harass girls. The incident took place in Amdavad’s (Ahmedabad) Sindhu Bhavan area. Readers may recall how Islamists have in the past used Garba dance events to molest and harass girls (refer to this horrific 2019 incident from Pali, Rajasthan), festival organizers across Bharat have had to come up with measures to keep such anti-social elements away.
Islamists are resorting to different techniques to disrupt Hindu celebrations while the secular state is a mute spectator.
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