Puttur: At a time when the district is passing through a critical phase in terms of communal strife and social disharmony, a report from Sulliapadavu, located on the boundary between Puttur taluk and Kerala, has proved that there is hope for the future.
Fatimat Raheela, a student of IX standard in Sarvodaya High School in the village, has stood first with 93% marks in the subject of Ramayana. The examination was held by Bharat Samskriti Pratishthan in November 2015.
The school has been conducting the examination on the subject of Ramayana for the last 40 years. But it is absolutely optional and there is no compulsion.
The candidates are provided with Kishor Bharat and Kishor Ramayan books as resource material. Of the 35 students who appeared for the examination last November, Raheela has stood first in the entire state.
Raheela’s father, Ibrahim Badagannur, works in a factory. Interestingly, her paternal uncle encouraged her to appear for the examination. Now she plans to pursue a course on the subject of Mahabharata too.
Speaking to our correspondent, Ibrahim said that theirs was a family that believed in communal harmony and did not harbour any religious bias. When Raheela told the parents of her intention to appear for the examination, they wholeheartedly approved of her decision.
He is of the opinion that every student should be encouraged to study the tenets and books of other religions and be allowed to be free birds in pursuit of knowledge. He takes pride in the fact that she has also stood first in madarasa studies in the district.
Her uncle Muhammed Badagannur too feels that mutual mistrust among different faiths has been leading to social conflicts and he too feels that it is a matter of pride for the entire family.
H D Shivaram, the headmaster of the high school, said that Raheela’s achievement was on entirely her merit and interest. This should not be seen through any tint of faith and religion. He also is of the opinion that every student should gain knowledge about other religions.
Besides Ramayan and madarasa subjects, she has also excelled in her general studies. May such achievements strengthen the fabric of social harmony and national integration, say many other parents to whom our correspondent spoke.