A local school in Karnataka’s Udupi district faced opposition from Hindutva organisations for singing Azan while conducting an inter-school taluk-level sports day on Tuesday.
The school – Mother Teresa Memorial School – was conducting Swarnadhama Prarthana where students sang and performed songs from all three religions – Hinduism, Islam and Christianity.
The event was telecasted live on the school’s Facebook and YouTube channels.
However, the event was disrupted by right-wing organisations who questioned the school authorities about their objective of playing the Azan.
The Hindutva outfit staged a protest at a junction in Shankaranarayana alleging that Hindu students were “forced to perform to Azan” during a sports meet. The agitators also warned the organisers not to hurt the feelings of Hindus.
Hindutva group members in #Karnataka's #Udupi protested against the authorities of a private school after the institution’s students staged a performance of the “#Azan” (#Muslim call to prayer) song. #Hindutva group members confronted school authorities & demanded an apology. pic.twitter.com/fhvJSGty4L
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In a video that surfaced on Twitter, a Hindutva leader can be seen speaking, rudely, to the founder of the school, Shamita. “Why is there no national anthem being played? You should accept that playing the Azan was a mistake,” the Hindutva leader said.
This story was originally published in siasat.com . Read the full story here