The Deputy Director of Public Instruction (DDPI), Udupi, which had issued a circular asking schools in Udupi district to allow students to visit a programme organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad, has now withdrawn the order after citizens voiced their concerns. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad has organised a ‘Dharma Sansad’ on 24,25 and 26th November in Udupi.
The circular had asked schools to allow their students to visit ‘Hindu Vaibhav Pradarshini’ stalls at the event, evoking surprise from citizens. Udupi and Dakshina Kannada are communal sensitive districts of Karnataka and have witnessed many riots in past. These coastal districts have often been dubbed as a ‘laboratory of Hindutva’. With this in mind, citizens have raised their concerns about the circular being issued to send students to a programme organised by an organisation known for its divisive propaganda. When the ‘Varadigara‘ team contacted the District in-charge Minister , Pramod Madhvaraj, he said he was unaware of any such circular and promised to respond after discussing with the DDPI. However, our calls to reach him again went unanswered. The Deputy Director of Public Instruction(DDPI), Sheshashayana K., in a telephonic conversation with the ‘Varadigara‘ team said that he was unaware of background and intention of the event, and said the decision could be reviewed.
Update: The circular which was issued on 15th November is now withdrawn after citizens raised concerns. ‘Varadigara‘ had published a Kannada report yesterday raising concerns about the circular. Our team had also contacted the DDPI and explained how the circular is dangerous and why it should be withdrawn. The circular was recalled by evening on the same day.