TDN World Desk: In an unprecedented move Major General Subhash Saran visited the prestigious Islamic seminary Darul Uloom at Deoband in Uttar Pradesh. This is the first time in its 150 year’s history that any top Army officer paid visit there. During his visit, Major General Subhash who is serving as an ADG recruitment ( Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand) he urged students to join Army.

On Saturday evening, along with other officials major general called on Maulana Mufti Abul Qasim Nomani, the Madrasa chief. While addressed the students in the institution, he said, ” The Indian Army recruits maulvis into its ranks and it will be a good opportunity for Daru Uloom students to be integrated into the country’s mainstream.”

All religious teachers – maulvis, pandits, priests or granthis – are recruited in the army. There are physical parameters. Tests are also conducted on the academic knowledge of their specific religion, major general Saran was further quoted by Times of India.

Interestingly, just one day before Major General paid his visit to Darul Uloom seminar, he sparked controversy. On Friday he made remarks that Bhagavad Gita a “military mania” which every youth should read.

He said: ” It is not a religious book and every youth must read it for simple reason that it will prepare us for all eventualities of life. Bhagavad Gita is a military Manual which contains instructions usually given in the battlefield.”

As per Deccan Herald, on the occasion of his visit the Army official presented a copy of ‘ Bhagavad Gita’ to Nomani. In response, Nomani gifted the former a book containing the history of Darul Uloom.