China bans Uyghur language in educational institutions to fight religious extremism
Source :NewsBharati   Date :31-Jul-2017

Beijing, July 31: In order to fight extremism and popularizing the national common language, China has completely banned Uyghur language at all educational institutions. Uyghur ethnic group largely situated in the northwest China which is largely colonized by Muslim population.

Local media states that the Education Department in Hetian prefecture issued a five-point directive outlawing the use of Uyghur at schools in favor of Mandarin Chinese in order to strengthen elementary and middle and high school bilingual education.
The directive instructs schools to resolutely correct the flawed method of providing Uyghur language training to Chinese language teachers and prohibit the use of Uyghur language, writing, signs and pictures in the educational system and on campuses.

According to chines Media, The new regulations, which will come into force on July, the order bans the use of Uyghur language in collective activities, public activities and management work of the education system.

Any school or individual that fails to enforce the new policy, that plays politics, pretends to implement, or acts one way and does another, will be designated two-faced and severely punished, notification said, using a term regularly applied by the government to Uyghurs who do not willingly follow such directives.

Earlier, the state-controlled Xinjiang Daily reported, Parents and guardians cannot organise, lure or force minors into attending religious activities”. Neither should they promote extremist beliefs in children, nor force them to dress in extremist clothing or other symbols, the newspaper said, echoing the tone of previous bans on Islamic dress including beards for men and headscarves for women.

The Uyghur ethnic group has been fleeing unrest in Xinjiang region arising from a 2015 ban on observing the rituals associated with the holy month of Ramadan, including worshiping and fasting. The province has seen anti-government insurgent violence, with at least 200 people having died in attacks allegedly carried out by Uyghur separatists over the past two years.

Meanwhile, China's largest province Xinjiang is bordered by eight countries including the former Soviet Central Asian republics, Mongolia, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India. The region experienced a brief period of independence in the 1940s but China regained control after the Communists took power in 1949.

It is home to the Turkic-speaking Muslim Uighur minority who make up about 8 million of the province's 19 million people. Rich in natural resources, economic development in the region has been accompanied by large-scale immigration of Han Chinese. Anti-Han and separatist sentiment has become more prevalent since the 1990s, flaring into violence on occasion.