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In this 'discrimination free' Kerala college, election posters have faceless women candidates

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  1. Agent_47

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    'Discrimination free education, a friendly campus': These were the words on a campus election poster printed by members of Muslim Students Federation (MSF) at the MET Arts and Science College in Nadapuram in Malappuram.

    What was ironic was that, the poster that vouched for a discrimination free campus had the faces of 12 young men and 9 faceless women. Instead of printing pictures of the women contestants, the committee has printed dummy images of burqa-clad women. They have even used a dummy picture for a non-Muslim contestant.

    On Thursday, colleges affiliated to Calicut University saw this academic year's college union elections take place.

    The election poster has generated much discussion on social media platforms for not including the photos of women candidates.

    The irony of the situation was not lost on social media users and the past few days saw several users have called out the hypocrisy. Some users even said sarcastically, that it was thoughtful of the committee to have respected the religion of the non-Muslim woman candidate by not replacing her photo with that of a burqa-clad faceless woman.

    However, the members of MSF, the students union affiliated to the Indian Union Muslim League, at the college told TNM that the decision to not print photos of the women candidates was taken, after the women candidates unanimously demanded so.

    Sayyid Hadhi, member of MSF who was the Chairperson of the college union in the previous academic year, dismissed the allegation that not printing the photos of the women candidates amounted to gender discrimination.

    "It was done after they themselves asked for it. The girls didn't want their photos to be printed on the posters and so we respected their decision," he added.

    Another member Najmussaquib, who is the University Union Council (UUC) candidate in the current election, argued that by not printing the women candidate's photos, they had in fact upheld a woman's right of choice.

    "A woman has the constitutional right to decide whether she wants her photo printed or not. There's nothing wrong in it," Najmussaquib insisted.

    He added that while MSF has always had many women candidates every year for elections, all the women candidates over the years have made the same requests of keeping their faces off the posters.

    When TNM reached out to a woman candidate contesting for the post of Vice Chairperson, she declined to comment on the issue.

    Earlier in October last year, the SFI unit of Ma’din Arts and Science College in Malappuram and Aspire college, Palakkad had also refrained from printing the photos of women candidates. After this generated widespread criticism on social media, the SFI units of both the colleges printed a revised poster with the photos of the women candidates.

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    Grevion Think Tank TROLL ELITE MEMBER

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    Kerala and CPI/sickularisism is a rare mixture and the by product is the pic above.:facepalm:
     
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    Pundrick Lieutenant FULL MEMBER

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    All are wannabe pure muslims with no idea what they actually are.
     
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    T-123456 2nd Lieutant THINKER

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    How is this possible in a country like India?
     
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    Agent_47 Admin - Blog Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Explain 'country like' part? :dude:
     
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    T-123456 2nd Lieutant THINKER

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    Well you are a secular democracy.
    Many Indians claim that my country is Islamist but we dont have elections where pictures of female candidates are ''blank'',not even in the most religious schools.
    Care to explain?
    Or does every state have its own laws in India?
     
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    the law does not state that there should be a pic. the law also says there should be no "discrimination" but the definition of "discrimination" is skewed in most extremist views.

    they believe showing equality between women and men is "discrimination" and want to treat their women, their way. - because apparently in their version of religion, women and men are not equal (evident from the pic)
     
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    Agent_47 Admin - Blog Staff Member MODERATOR

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    Well, Indian secularism is different and messy.
    • In the west principle of mutual exclusion is followed, that is both state and religion are mutually exclusive in their sphere of operation,
    • whereas in Indian context, equal protection is given to all religions by the state and it doesn’t favor one religion over other and no religion is specified as state religion.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secularism_in_India

    Freedom of religion in India is a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of India. State can't interfere with religion here (conditions apply). Because of our history with pakistan (State based on religion) our founders give too much freedom to minorities which they still enjoy. Like polygamy to triple talaq. Almost every religion have separate personal law which dictates Marriage,Divorce,Succession etc. Even shias have separate Personal LawBoard !. Hindu personal laws were reformed after Independence by Nehru but he choose to give others exception for the time being. The rise of Hindu Nationalism can be attributed to this continued minority appeasement by traditional 'secular' parties. This Right wing Government is suppose to bring in Uniorm civil code which will replace all these bigotry laws to a common set governing every citizen irrespective of religion.

    Tl dr, In india a minority community enjoy too much religious freedom even compared to that of other countries they are in majority (Turkey or SA).

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_India_Muslim_Personal_Law_Board
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Christian_Personal_Law
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_India_Shia_Personal_Law_Board
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uniform_civil_code
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hindu_code_bills
     
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    T-123456 2nd Lieutant THINKER

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    And the government has no say in this?
     
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    T-123456 2nd Lieutant THINKER

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    You are comparing my country to SA?
    In my country religious minorities have religious freedom(constitution),in the SA they dont.
    The Greek Orthodox patriarchy has its HQ in Istanbul,we have many Synagogues etc
    Many countries in the west dont have a state religion,thats why they are called secular.
     
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    unless it is prepared backlash from our beloved sickularists who can shame their own country in front of the whole world just to get some votes from these extremist minded minorities, the govt can do jack.
     
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    The truth is that as per salafi islam, even the photos of men can't clicked or shared or published. The entire ad should have had no faces at all. remember that French satire publication which had its staff shot down for publishing a cartoon of Prophet.
     
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    T-123456 2nd Lieutant THINKER

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    Then its easy for extremists to have a foothold in your country,a very complicated situation.
     
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    No, comparing India to SA.

    Indian secularism is different from west. Its less to do with not having a state religion. Reread it.
     
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    This is an Islamist group who are possibly the Arab bastards. Govt does not do such things.
    This was done by some hardline group for an election within their own ranks.
    They can't impose such things in any institution or people.
    This was merely an internal choice.
    Anyway such groups exists and are well isolated.
    They will all be purged from society in the next civil war.
     

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