- The Jharkhand assembly, under the leadership of Hemant Soren, has decided to offer a separate room in the building for Namaj offerings.
- Irked by this, BJP leaders asked for a separate room to recite Hanuman Chalisa.
- To repudiate Hindi and Sanskrit, a few weeks ago, Jharkhand Staff Selection Commission (JSSC) notified new rules for the examination of grade III and grade IV employees and dropped Hindi and Sanskrit from the list of main language papers.
- Under the leadership of Hemant Soren, the Jharkhand government is intentionally making policies that would hurt the prospects of the Hindi-speaking people and non-tribal Hindus.
Under the leadership of Hemant Soren, the Jharkhand government is taking all the steps to bother the Hindu community of the state to appease the Muslims and tribal sections of the Hindu population. The Jharkhand assembly has decided to offer a separate room in the building for Namaj offerings.
The assembly building, which was completed in 2019 and inaugurated by Prime Minister Modi, costs around 460 crore rupees. The foundation for the building was laid by former BJP CM Raghubar Das in 2015. The JMM government, which could have built an assembly building despite coming to power repeatedly, is now giving a separate room to Muslims for offering Namaz prayers.
Irked by this, BJP leaders asked for a separate room to recite Hanuman Chalisa. “If Muslims can offer Namaz in a separate room, why can’t Hindus be allowed to recite Hanuman Chalisa (in a separate room). I urge the Secretary of Jharkhand Legislative Assembly that five rooms or a hall be alloted to Hindus to recite Hanuman Chalisa,” the media portal quoted a BJP leader as saying.
Another BJP leader has demanded setting up a Hanuman temple on the premises.
“I’m not against Namaz room but then they should also build a temple at Jharkhand Vidhan Sabha premises. I even demand that Hanuman Temple should be set up there. If Speaker approves we can build the temple at our own cost,” former speaker and BJP leader CP Singh said.
The Hemant Soren-led JMM government is crossing all the limits of minority appeasement to get votes from the Muslim community which constitutes around 15 per cent of the population of the state. To repudiate Hindi and Sanskrit, a few weeks ago, Jharkhand Staff Selection Commission (JSSC) notified new rules for the examination of grade III and grade IV employees and dropped Hindi and Sanskrit from the list of main language papers.
As per the new rules, the candidate must pass a language paper and s/he has the option to choose from 12 languages that include tribal languages besides Bengali, Odiya, and Urdu.
Earlier Hindi and Sanskrit were in the optional list of languages for the candidates for the language paper, but the Soren government dropped both of these languages and retained Urdu. So, the fact is that the people who know only Hindi are not eligible for the grade 3 and grade 4 jobs.
Moreover, the government has also made it mandatory that the candidates from non-reserved categories of the Jharkhand government must have passed class 10th and class 12th exams from the state. So, if the reserved category receives the education in another state, it is fine for the Jharkhand government, but the general category people cannot send their children outside the state, otherwise, they will not be eligible for JSSC jobs.
Under the leadership of Hemant Soren, the Jharkhand government is intentionally making policies that would hurt the prospects of the Hindi-speaking people and non-tribal Hindus.
Moreover, his ministers are making discriminatory statements against the Hindi-speaking people. A few months ago, Jharkhand Finance Minister Rameshwar Oraon made a controversial remark as he lamented how Biharis and Marwaris have filled the state at the expense of the tribals.
Addressing the Mahua Conference held at the Press Club where he was the Chief Guest, Oraon claimed that Ranchi’s land has gone into the hands of others in an apparent reference to the Biharis and Marwaris. Oraon then proceeded to whine about how Ranchi is filled with people from Bihar, with Marwaris setting up a livelihood in the state capital.
The ruling alliance relies heavily on tribal and Muslim votes, therefore, to appease the community, the Jharkhand government is taking such decisions and its ministers are making such statements.