Marium Aarif siddiqi Muslim girl Made Amitabh Speechless
The Class VI student returned the sum of Rs 11 lakh to the state government so that they could use the money for the “betterment of children in need”. The 12-year-old Muslim girl, Maryam Siddiqui, who had recently won the Gita Champions League contest for explaining the teachings of the scripture in the best possible manner has returned her prize money to the Uttar Pradesh government.
The Class VI student returned the sum of Rs 11 lakh to the state government so that they could use the money for the “betterment of children in need”. Siddiqui told a leading daily that she is on a mission to promote the cause of education for the poor, she also called herself an ambassador of peace.
She said, “Education is the only route to change their destiny. I’m grateful to the UP government for conferring this honour on me. I, however, have the means to lead a reasonable life because the Almighty has been kind to my parents. But there are many children who are not as lucky as me. So, I have decided to return the cash award to the state government so that it can be used for the betterment of children in need.”
Maryam Siddiqui secured first position from among over 3000 students who participated in the contest which was organised by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon) in January. The test which evaluates the participants knowledge about Gita is a multiple choice question test of 100 marks.
A student of Cosmopolitan High School, Mira Road, Maryam said that she has always been intensely curious about religions. “I have always been inquisitive about religions and I often read up on them during my free time. So when my teacher told me about this contest I thought it would be a good chance to understand what the book is about,” said Maryam.