As obvious none of the pseudo-secular media are carrying the great judgment. But wait for it, soon all the usual rudalis (paid criers) with their 'expert opinion' will come on screen to vilify the Bharatiya Judiciary over-playing their Debase-The-Hindu-Majority Appease-The-Minorities victimhood card. And the Anti-Hindu Prejudiced section of Indian media jaundiced with their Dhimmitude will go bonkers with it. Why? Of course because all the news has to pass through the biased prism of Indian media. Thanks to the Daily Pioneer, Mr. Chandan Mitra and his team who have not been affected by pseudo-secular fundamentalist jaundice and it's the only newspaper today that presents the news As-It-Is.
SC disallows Muslim student to sport beard. By R Balaji, The Daily Pioneer
Rejecting the plea of a Muslim student that he should be permitted to sport beard in his convent school, the Supreme Court on Monday observed secularism cannot be overstretched and that “Talibanisation” of the country cannot be permitted.
“We don’t want to have Taliban in the country. Tomorrow a girl student may come and say that she wants to wear a burqa, can we allow it?” Justice Markandeya Katju, speaking for a Bench headed by Justice Raveendran, observed.
Asserting that he was a secularist to the core, Justice Katju, however, said religious beliefs cannot be overstretched. “I am secularist. We should strike a balance between rights and personal beliefs. We cannot overstretch secularism,” the judge known for his incisive remarks said.
Justice Katju passed the observation while dismissing the petition of the student. Mohammad Salim of Nirmala Convent Higher Secondary School, a Government-recognised minority institution in Madhya Pradesh, has sought quashing of the school regulation requiring students to be clean-shaven.
Challenging a Madhya Pradesh High Court verdict that had earlier dismissed his plea, Salim submitted that every citizen was entitled to follow his religious principles and that no one should restrain him from doing so in a secular country like India.
Salim’s counsel Justice (Retd) BA Khan argued before the bench that sporting beard was an indispensable part of Islam.
But Justice Katju was apparently not impressed with the argument and quipped, “But you (Khan) don’t sport a beard?” the judge asked the counsel.
The apex court then said that a minority institution has its own set of rules and rights provided by Article 30 of the Constitution and the same cannot be breached by any person.
“If there are rules you have to be. You can’t say that I will not wear a uniform I will wear only a burqa,” the bench observed.
The court further said if the student was not interested in following the rules then he has the option of joining some other institution.
“You can join some other institution if you do not want to observe the rules. But you can’t ask the school to change the rules for you,” Justice Katju observed.