Suspended Madarsa Teacher Wants Attention, Says Board Member

A member of the Kolkata madarsa board has denied the claims of the teacher who was beaten up for progressive views.

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Children read the Koran at a madarsa on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan. (Photo: Reuters)

Kazi Masum Akhtar, a 46-year-old Madarsa teacher, was beaten up nine months ago for his “progressive teachings” in Kolkata.

In March 2015, Akhtar was beaten up for encouraging his students at the madarsa to sing the national anthem. An unruly mob attacked him with iron rods.

Kazi Masum Akhtar’s attempts to clean the system were not appreciated and he was viewed as a rebel. (Photo Courtesy: Payal Mohanka)
Kazi Masum Akhtar’s attempts to clean the system were not appreciated and he was viewed as a rebel. (Photo Courtesy: Payal Mohanka)

An anonymous member of the madarsa board has, however, denied Akhtar’s claims.

She told Payal Mohanka for The Quint that Kazi wants to be in the limelight. According to the member, he may see himself as a reformer but is seen by others as more of a flamboyant rebel who is constantly shooting his mouth off.

Watch Akhtar speak to Payal Mohanka of The Quint about his plight.

I am restless and frustrated. But the actual teachings of Islam are essential not just for Muslims but for all communities.

Kazi Masum Akhtar, Madarsa Teacher

According to the source, the madarsa has first generation learners and Akhtar’s views caused a furore.

Even as she questioned Akhtar’s reason for breaking his nine month old silence, she does not deny that he was recommended for an award for the best teacher in the state of West Bengal.

The incident has brought the topic of the Madarsa system into the public eye.

Till a few years ago, the Madarsa Service Commission (MSC) could recruit its own teachers and headmasters, but not anymore.

The matter is in court while the government guidelines too are awaited.

(With inputs from Payal Mohanka.)

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