Diversity, unlike separation, is essentially a phenomenon of secular education. Religious schools have neither the ideological foundation nor religious flexibility to accommodate diversity. This is especially true if schools are structured on proselytising religions. In such schools, teaching of diversity is likely to end up merely as an instrument of attracting state funding.
Religious minorities have every right to preserve their religion and culture, as they continue to do by constructing temples and mosques across the country. But state-funding of religious schools is different: it is tantamount to legitimising the "communalis-ation" of education.
RANDHIR SINGH BAINS
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