Hindu scripture to be taught in Madhya Pradesh madrassahs: Report

BJP decision criticised as “saffronisation of education”.


Web Desk August 06, 2013
Indian Muslim students offer 'Dua' prayers in their class room during the holy month of Ramadan at Madrasatur-Rashaad religious school in Hyderabad on July 17, 2013. PHOTO: AFP.

BHOPAL: Bhagwad Gita, the teachings of Hindu scripture, will be made mandatory  in madrassahs of Madhya Pradesh, according to the state's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government, NDTV reported.

Teachings of the Gita will be included in the Urdu books of Class 1 and 2 according to the MP government's August 1 order.

The Gita was included in ‘Special Hindi books for class 9 - 12 to ‘Special English books for classes 11 and 12 last month. The move has been introduced in phases since 2011, when protests ensued after the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government announced that Gita would be in the curriculum.

The BJP party’s latest decisions have been criticised as “saffronisation of education” to which Education Minister Archana Chitnis responded, "This should not be taken the wrong way - this is not saffronisation, teachings from Sikhism, Christianity and other religions are also taught in our schools."

"We have picked up threads from the Gita to instill a sense of duty and responsibility, obedience, love for nature and environment in students," added the minister, saying that religion was not a factor in the decision.

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James | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@I am a Khan: Animals prostate when drinking water.So one can conclude that water is God.The same water god who is presently flooding the land of the pure.Maybe it is divine justice for being impure

James | 6 years ago | Reply | Recommend

@sure?: It was by an order of the CM.The order was later cancelled

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