Color Clash: The Battle for Identity at Blessed Mother Teresa High School

A sad event happened not long ago at Blessed Mother Teresa High School in the Mancherial area of Telangana. It showed the bad side of far-right views. When the head of the school Jaimon Joseph asked some students about their saffron clothes, fights started. Saffron is a color that is often associated with Hinduism. They are known to use religious and national symbols to tell stories that make people angry and separate them, which can cause fights between groups. Someone got the wrong idea about the school’s study into the religious meanings of the students’ clothes, and it became a big deal on social media. This caused someone to attack the school physically. This scary event shows how important it is to spread fake information and insults in order to stir up trouble in the community. This can lead to hate crimes and make society less strong overall.

This event is very important because it shows how strong nationalist views can badly impact how society works. Schools that spread such views are moving towards less tolerance and making some people feel left out. The situation not only disturbed the learning spaces but also left fear and mistrust among teachers and students. To stop hate, we need to deal with its root causes and make a place where everyone’s differences are valued. We want to keep society peaceful and avoid more tragedies like these by working together against different points of view.

The rise of Hindutva in India, marked by strong nationalist feelings, is a big threat to the country’s diverse culture. This view, mostly linked to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), wants to shape India’s identity around Hindu beliefs and aim for a Hindu-focused nation. This mindset harms more than just religious groups; it shakes the foundation of Indian society. Being open to various beliefs and keeping religion separate from the state are key elements that have made India’s culture unique.

Diversity and the right not to connect faith with the state are two ideas that make Indian culture stand out. The government is required by law to stay away from religion when it does its work. In this way, people of different religions can live together in peace and accept each other’s views. Pluralism recognizes the contributions of different groups and welcomes India’s patchwork of cultures, languages, and customs. However, Hindutva doctrine threatens these values by pushing for a narrow view of Indian identity, which hurts religious communities a lot of the time. 

The latest event at Telangana’s Blessed Mother Teresa High School shows the threat that Hindutva philosophy can be. When students dressed in saffron for a religious event, Jaimon Joseph, the school director, asked them to explain themselves and asked their parents to come to the school. Unfortunately, false information and angry speech made things worse. A group of Hindus attacked the school, yelling “Jai Shri Ram” and damaging property. Teachers cried out for calm because they were scared, which hurt the school’s reputation. Principal Joseph was attacked, which shows how important it is to deal with the effects of these ideas on schools right away. 

India must reaffirm its commitment to equality and diversity in solving this problem. Kids from diverse backgrounds need to learn, accept, and appreciate one another at school. More should be done in schools to teach people about India’s vast cultures. For students to accept and understand differences, they must learn about different faiths, countries, and traditions. There is a need for teachers to be trained on how to address sensitive issues of identity and religion. It is their job to ensure that every child in the area feels valued and accepted. Schools need to come up with programs and work with parents, faith leaders and people in the community. They need to bring people of different faiths to a dialogue and understanding site. Promotions of events and meetings between people of various faiths help clear problems and mistakes.

Hate crimes and violent acts need to be discontinued. Punish people who promote violence in case on their race or faith. India’s long, varied past needs to be taught in schools. Not only the Hindu culture but also the achievements of people from different faiths and countries need to be honored. All of India’s unique variety needs to be protected to balance the negative impacts of the ideology of Hindutva and to ensure that all children – regardless of their race, color, or gender they are – get a great education; schools must teach liberal and diverse ideas.

Abdul Mussawer Safi
Abdul Mussawer Safi

is associated with think tanks like the Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad (IPS). He is pursuing his master’s in international relations at the National Defense University Islamabad. His expertise lies in the regional dynamics of South Asia.

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