The school at the centre of the controversy

By Hamza Khan

On Republic Day, at a government senior secondary school in Rajasthan’s Kota district, a girl student personifying Bharat Mata took centerstage in a play. One by one, a Hindu, a Muslim, a Sikh and a Christian character attempted to mould her into their identity, before beginning to fight over her. Watchful citizens, also played by students, thwarted their attempts, with the play ending with the “religions” uniting and the Tricolour being waved.

“It was a sarva dharma sadbhav natak, and as teachers, it is our responsibility to try and send a good message to the community, one of unity,” said Kamlesh Bairwa, principal of the Government Senior Secondary School in Khajuri Odpur in Kota’s Sangod block.

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