Miracles happen! This was proved by a girl called Fathimath Rohila, who shows us the real manner in which we should interpret the meaning of religion especially in times of such intolerance in the country.
She did something extraordinary. She is a class 9 Muslim student who secured the first position in the Ramayana exam. She secured 93 percent in the exam conducted by the Bharatha Sanskriti Prathisthan in November 2015. She is from Puttur, a town of Karnataka.
She wanted to pursue a course in the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. She is a student of Sarvodaya High School, Sulliapadavu.
Her uncle supported her, confirmed her father, Ibrahim M, who works in a factory, while her mother is a housewife. They wanted their daughter to top the state.
Ibrahim further added that she worked hard to top in Karnataka but couldn't achieve it. She developed an interest in epic Hindu literature in class 9.
She said that she prepared with her uncle's help. Now she wants to appear for the Mahabharata exam too.
As per her principal, Shivarama HD and P Satyashankar Bhat, coordinator of the exam confirmed that those who are interested appear for exams after self-study and none of them are forced to appear in it.
The exam basically focused on literature and not religious content.
Only students of class 8 and 9 are allowed to appear for these exams and SSLC students are discouraged since they have to appear for the board exams, confirmed Shivrama. 39 students appeared for the exam from Sarvodaya High School this year.
Fathimath is keen to study for the Mahabharata exam during her summer vacations, added Shivrama.