The Travancore Devaswom Board (TDB) is constituted under the Travancore Cochin Hindu Religious Institutions Act, 1950, has decided to appoint Arabic teachers in their schools. The Hindu organization called Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) opposed the TDB's decision.
According to the report
, VHP working president advocate Alok Kumar said that Arabic is not an Indian language and is not in the schedule of Indian languages in the Constitution of India. It is used to recite the Quran and Hadith.
"This language is studied more for reading, understanding and memorizing the Holy Quran. The teaching of Arabic language is thus not for the religious and charitable purpose of the Hindus. The teaching of this language in the schools which are managed with the help of the funds offered by the Hindu devotees, is thus an inappropriate expense," said Alok Kumar
The working president of VHP said that this is yet another attack by the nominees of the left front Government of Kerala upon the Hindus. Their money, offered by them to deities shall go for the teaching of the Arabic language. Condemning the decision, Kumar has called upon the board to withdraw it and the people of Kerala to resolutely fight against it.
As a Hindu institute, TDB has not appointed any Sanskrit teacher in the schools. The VHP suggested that the Sanskrit language should be made mandatory in the schools run by the Travancore Devaswom Board. The Sanskrit language is the depository of the Bharatiya Spiritual Heritage and its teaching.
Many people express displeasure towards the decision of TDB. Following are some reactions-