hijab controversy: OIC statement on hijab row

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) has itself put its concerns and concerns under question by issuing a statement on the controversy surrounding wearing hijab in some schools and colleges in India. The Indian government rightly reacted sharply to not only calling it “misguidedly motivated” and “misleading” but also saying that the OIC Secretariat damages its own image by issuing such statements under the influence of vested interests. The OIC is a group of 57 Muslim-majority countries. Under the influence of Pakistan, it often shows a stance against India. Last year itself, during the 76th meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, the OIC had appealed to India to reinstate Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Even then India had instructed him to stop interfering in the internal affairs of the country.

This time again, he has tried to make an issue of the Hijab protests in Karnataka, the statements made in the Haridwar Dharma Sansad and the alleged anti-Muslim laws being enacted in several states. But the thing to understand is that India has its own constitution, which treats the citizens of every religion equally. There is an independent judiciary here. If the students are also displeased with the decision of the administration in any school or college of any state, then they have full democratic right to express their displeasure. The option of going to court against the decision to ensure the protection of their constitutional rights is also available to every citizen. Similarly, if some people made objectionable statements in a religious parliament, not only there are provisions for appropriate action against the people concerned, but all citizens have the right to ideologically oppose those wrong statements.

As has been shown in this case, RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat among many others strongly condemned the statements issued in the Dharma Sansad and police action was also taken against those concerned. But whatever happened or did not happen, it is an internal matter of our country. It is for the citizens of the country to decide how right or wrong the stand of the police, administration or government machinery is in a particular case and when, how much to use their democratic rights to correct what is wrong. When an organization like OIC issues a statement on such issues, it not only takes the blame of unnecessarily interfering in the internal affairs of a country but also makes its motives and intentions doubtful by showing its corrupt mentality.