No kudos is enough for Justice Sudhanshu Dhulia for his most humane secular verdict with utmost compassion for the girl child, due respect towards her educational rights, dignity and independent choice of attire.
This is called sense of justice. May the tribe of Justice Dhulia increase and have the last laugh so as to restore sanity and sensitivity in this society.
As far as symbols depicting religion is concerned ; perhaps turban vermillion tilak or sandal paste on the forehead don’t qualify as “antithesis to secularism”! It seems the citadel of Secularism simply falls apart solely due to the “threat” named hijab!
Hope the larger bench of the Supreme Court will prevent the “invasion on the privacy” and “attack on the dignity” of the hijab-clad students as rightly pointed out by Justice Dhulia and they be warmly welcomed in the Karnataka schools to pursue their education. And yes fraternity needs to be pursued by respecting heterogeneity in all front, not by annihilating diversities which form the real essence of India.
Kajal Chatterjee, Kolkata.