Unity in diversity is a famous concept which best fits in India. People in India are highly spiritual and God-fearing in nature so they give respect to everyone’s religion. That’s what makes India so great. But sometimes there are cases where some people are so blind in religious belief that they can’t see the beauty of communal harmony.

The same happened recently in Deoband, Uttar Pradesh when The Islamic seminary issued a fatwa (religious decree) to a 15-year-old student on Thursday. The mistake of the girl was that she took part in a competition dressed up as Krishna and recited Gita verses at an event in her school.

Though it sounds gibberish, still it is real and actually has happened. Dar-ul-Uloom of Deoband are not happy with this and has declared her act as un-Islamic.

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Speaking to ANI, The Class 10 student, Alia Khan said, “I dressed up as Krishna and recited Gita as part of a competition. They issued the fatwa. I will request all not to drag me into politics.”

The girl had won the second prize for her performance and was also rewarded a cash prize of Rs. 25,000.

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Alia also said,”Islam is not so weak that we will be dismissed from it just for reciting Bhagwad Gita or wearing a particular kind of costume.

Uttar Pradesh government had organized the function to celebrate the 101 years of the historic Lucknow Pact of Freedom Struggle where more than 150 students from 11 different regions came to participate. The act was derive derived from freedom fighter, Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s interpretation of Bhagwad Gita.

Talking about the issue, Alia spoke to The Indian Express, “Putting barriers on someone’s skill in the name of religion is not justified. When no one else has any problem, then why these ulemas are trying to stop me on the pretext of Islam. I have not forsaken my religion by learning and reciting Bhagwad Gita in any way. Gita is not merely a religious book. It imparts the knowledge of Karma. Knowledge can be sought from anywhere. This book teaches humanity.

Also, famous personalities like state Governor Ram Naik, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis, as well as some kin of Tilak were present at the event of the celebration.

Sadly, what can be seen as an example of communal harmony is being converted into a religious issue, and then we talk of religious intolerance in India!

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