March 12, 2004
Modern education for Muslims and for women in the Subcontinent

Here are two stories involving Muslims being urged to embrace "modern" education. Here's an Indian BJP man urging Muslims to get educated (and join the BJP):

Seeking to diospel the general perception that BJP was "anti-minority", Joshi said "the mere fact that the Muslims are less in number than the Hindus in the country does not make them a minority. The community can contribute as much as anybody in economic development if they take up modern education in a big way."

Funny. I thought that is what a minority is. Perhaps Mr Joshi could use a little more education himself.

And here's a Pakistani politician pushing women's education:

"Sindh government is anxiously working for promotion of cause of education, raise the academic standard and universalisation of education in the province." He was talking to a delegation of edducational experts, teachers, intellectuals and journalists of Sindh who met him at Chief Minister House here Wednesday.

Presumably "universalisation" means educating females as well.

Politics is only politics. But these kinds of pronouncements are bound to have consequences, if not immediately among educators and bureaucrats, then in the minds of the next generation of Muslims and women.

Posted by Brian Micklethwait at 02:13 PM
Category: IndiaPolitics