Like other constituencies of the country, election campaigns have ended in Kishanganj district yesterday evening. Development remained the key factor for almost all political leaders contesting elections from Kishanganj. Poverty and unemployment were other issues raised by candidates during poll campaigns. However, hardly any one talks about the dismal state of education in the district.
Despite having an important place in Indian politics, Kishanganj is one of the most educationally backward district of the country. In fact, Kishanganj district has least number of female literate in India. Spread over an area of 2862.48 sq. kms, Kishanganj has a population of 20,08,503 including 10,38,757 males and 9,69,746 females. But, sadly only 4,55,049 people are literate that comprising of 3,26,682 males and 1,28,367 literate females.
Mostly political leaders while campaigning in Kishanganj talk about development, poverty and unemployment, but show least interest on talking about literacy. Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasimi contesting election with ticket of Indian National Congress is the lone candidate in Kishanganj to speak about education in Kishanganj.
An Alumni of Daruloom Deoband, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasimi has made the education a main agenda in previous elections as well. Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasimi has spoken about the educational development of Kishanganj in all public addresses. The congress candidate has promised that several schools, college and technological institutes will be opened in Kishanganj, if he wins the elections this time.
Presently a senior functionary of All India Milli Council, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasimi could not win elections in his previous three attempts. However, due to his zeal for education and love of the land he has opened Milli Girls School at Tarabari in Kishanganj district. With his sincere efforts, Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasimi founded the school few years back and now it is offering quality education to girls of Kishanganj. Along with girls of Kishanganj, several girls from nearby district are also getting education at Milli Girls School.
Of course, there are several private and government run schools in Kishanganj, but they are not enough to educate the huge population. People of Kishanganj are expecting many more such educational institutes that can’t be established without political support. If Maulana Asrarul Haque Qasimi wins election this time, it would be like a new dawn for educationally backward district.
Let us see, whether Maulauna Asrarul Haque Qasimi gets success this time or not. Most importantly it depends on 11, 85, 718 voters of Kishanganj to whom they select for development of the district in educational field. I think high literacy in Kishanganj will surely wipe out many social and economic problems that the people are facing now.
But, the bottom is line that Maulana is the lone political leader to show interest in educational development of Kishanganj and supporting the district through Milli Council since long time.
If he wins elections, development in education field will remain a top priority for him and the district can get rid of the ghost of the illiteracy.