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Madrassas produce IAS officers, not terrorists: NCM chief

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The of the National Commission for Minorities today dismissed Wasim Rizvi's controversial "madrassas breed terrorists" remark, saying the Islamic institutions produced IAS officers, not militants.

said it was a "laughable" remark made to earn a few brownie points from the

"It is laughable and juvenile to connect madrassas with One or two isolated incidents cannot be used to defame madrassas," he said.

"Nowadays, children who studied in madrassas are becoming IAS officers and earning fame in multiple spheres. Madrassas don't breed terrorists, they produce IAS officers," he added.

Waseem-ur-Rehman from the Deoband in UP cleared UPSC in 2008. He got 404th rank. from Madrassa in Mau, cleared the exam in 2013, he said.

The had written a letter to Prime Minister Modi and Minister Yogi Adityanath on January 9 in which he claimed that madrassas bred terrorists and demanded that the Islamic institutions should be shut.

The served a legal notice on Wasim Rizvi citing the 'defamatory' remarks. It sought for a written and unconditional apology from Rizvi and a payment of Rs 20 crore towards damages.

The said Rizvi's letter would have no bearing on the government's stance towards madrassas.

"His comment was meant to earn a few brownie points from the But I am confident that the will pay no heed to his statements. It instead wants to modernize madrasas," he said.

"There have already been changes in the madrassas. Modern is being imparted there and the ones where it's not happening, the government is working for them too," he added.

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First Published: Sun, January 14 2018. 18:55 IST