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CATHOLIC ASSOCIATION WRITES TO NCM OVER COMPULSORY SURYA NAMASKAR

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Upset over forcing students to take part in Surya Namaskar, the Catholic Association of Goa, on 20 April, wrote to the governor of the state, the chief minister, the archbishop, the education minister and the chairman of the National Commission for Minorities complaining about the event held recently. The association termed the act a violation of religious freedom guaranteed by the Constitution of India.

“(Some physical education teachers) threatened students that if they didn’t take part (in Surya Namaskar), they would be barred from exams,” reads the association’s complaint. The association further cited the verdict of Madhya Pradesh High Court over compulsory Surya Namaskar for minority schools that the Namaskar was voluntary and not compulsory.



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