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School asks Muslim headmaster to resign After being targeted by a Hindu website

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An article from right-wing website Op India called out Parveen Shaikh, principal of Soumya School, Ghat Kopar, Mumbai, claiming that Shaikh liked several tweets that “Support Hamas” is anti-Hindu. and criticize of the Bharatiya Janata Party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Paraveen Sheikh. (Photo: LinkedIn)

New Delhi: A school principal in Mumbai was asked to resign after right-wing Hindutva website Op India published an article questioning his political views based on his social media activities.

In the article, the website stated that Parveen Shaikh, principal of Soumya Ghat Kopar School, Mumbai, had “liked” several tweets that were ‘Pro-Hamas’, ‘anti-Hindu’ Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Minister Azam criticize Narendra Modi

According to reports, the article also accused him of sympathizing with Umar Khalid and Sharjeel Usmani.

On April 26, two days after this article was published. The school’s management has asked Shaikh to resign from his position as headmaster, Scroll reports. He has been associated with the school for 12 years and served as headmaster for seven years.

“The school management expressed their disappointment over the Op India article and said it was a difficult decision for them to ask me to resign. But we can no longer work together,” Shaikh told Scroll.

He said: ‘The management acknowledges my hard work and contribution in taking Soumya School to new heights, however, they say they have a lot of pressure on me to take action. They have given no other reason for action other than the Open India Article’.

However, Sheikh said he has no intention of resigning from his position.

While X (formerly Twitter) had started a cycle of hate speech against Parsheikh after the Op India article and he was being targeted, on the other hand many parents and guardians of children came out in support of Sheikh 18 met Soumya. Vidya Vihar Trust on Monday (April 29) Chairman Sameer Soumya and asked him to withdraw the administration’s decision.

Pariti Gopalakrishnan, a parent, wrote a letter to the school administration in support of Sheikh. said he did It “promotes cultural unity, tolerance and peace” in the institute at the same time. He criticized attempts to label the sheikh a “traitor”.

“I don’t recall any instances where they misled students and parents,” Priti said in her email.

Shilpa Bhadke, another defender, said. ‘It is unacceptable that teachers with exceptional abilities should be targeted in this way. Because she is Muslim Then he was asked to resign from his job.’

“Many parents found it ridiculous that Shaikh was asked to resign because of his political views,” Fadke said.

According to the Scroll, a school spokesperson did not confirm or deny the administration’s decision. “We are investigating the matter,” a spokesperson said.

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