JK Education Minister hits back at army chief

Erika Holt
January 13, 2018

While speaking to reporters ahead of the Army Day, the army chief said, "The damage which is being done to us is through the social media. But I don't think he is an educationist that he will give sermons on education", state education minister Altaf Bukhari said. "I would welcome sermons from academicians on how to run the education system".

"At the military level, we know that if there is a threat from China, we have to be prepared for it", he said. "If she finds any fault in the education system, we will review it". "The constitution of India has given different roles to different people".

"I will be very happy if they do what they are supposed to do and leave us what we are supposed to do".

Asserting that he won't take sermons from anybody, Bukhari said, "Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti is my boss".

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Advising the Army Chief to exercise restrain while commenting on issues other than the security related matters, Bukhari said: "I think those sermonizing us should do their duties in a more professional manner so as to ease the sufferings of a common man in Jammu and Kashmir". "If these can be brought under control, the education system can be revamped", the Army chief had said. The criticism came in the wake of the COAS statement, saying school education system in government schools in J&K has been corrupted, and that they have two maps in classrooms: one of India and the other of J&K.

"In every school there is a map of India and a map of Jammu and Kashmir". What does it teach the children?

The Minister earlier inaugurated a two-day annual book exhibition at SP Model Higher Secondary School. "The basic grass root problem lies here - the way education is in Jammu and Kashmir because these teachers have also got the same education", he had said. "There are compulsions on the U.S. also to maintain a kind of a relationship with Pakistan and Pakistan understands it", Gen Rawat said.

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