Al Salamu 'Alaykum.
Borivali is a suburb of Bombay. It is primarily a ghetto of Gujarati and Marathi middle and lower middle class people with their own prejudices and hatreds. The Gujaratis and Jains in particular have an inveterate hatred for the Muslims, as those who followed the Gujarat pogrom of Mahatma Modi must be knowing.
Brother Muhammad Nawaz Doli is a Muslim who lives in Borivali. Like a simple, straightforward Muslim he decided to put his little daughter in a local playgroup that was close to his house. Little did he know that the Gujarati & Jain parents of other children would close ranks to exclude his 2 year old daughter from the group and its activities. Not only that but he and his wife were also not invited to Parent-Teacher meetings because other parents objected to "such people" in the group.
Apparently the girl's grandpa used to be lungi-clad and eat pan outside the playgroup. But the Gujaratis are forever chewing pan and gutka and mawa and tobacco in their own local dress. Is it any less kosher if done by a Muslim?
I can't find it in my heart to blame the spineless owner of the playgroup for her behavior. After all, she is in it for the money, not for the principle of the thing. The brother has withdrawn his daughter from the group that treated her like an achoot (untouchable) and filed a police complaint. More strength to him.
But the dagger in my heart is because of my own community.
Why do we expose our young children and their souls to such scarring?
Why do we stand and beg in front of schools run by Christians and Jews and Marwaris and Hindus for seats for our kids?
When are we going to have our own playgroups and KG schools?
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
We don't expect Christians to give us our Dar ul 'Ulum Deoband.
We don't expect Marathis to give us Nadwatul 'Ulama.
We don't expect Jains to give us our Mosques and Maktabs.
Then why do we expect the Kuffar to give us our secular educational institutes?
Why not set them up ourselves and then say, "To hell with you! We don't need you!"
May Allah protect the Muslims of India and their sons and daughters and may we never forget,
"Kafir La Aytebaar".
Read the newspiece here: http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_man-cries-religion-bias-at-playschool_1623730