BJP agenda: Gujarat schools asked to sing RSS songs

The inclusion of song may be interpreted as part of the ruling BJP agenda to impose Hindu ideology on minorities


Our Correspondent February 01, 2015
The inclusion of song may be interpreted as part of the ruling BJP agenda to impose Hindu ideology on minorities. PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI:


Many eyebrows were raised in the Muslim-dominated neighbourhood of Juhapura in urban Ahmedabad, when schools were asked to include in their morning assembly ritual songs supposedly linked to the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).


Oddly enough, one of the two songs that the government asked Muslim majority schools to include was Mahatma Gandhi’s favourite hymn, Vaishnav Jana To, which is composed in Gujarati.

The other, Manushya Tu Bada Mahaan Hai, is said to be linked to the RSS. The schools themselves have not refused to get their students to sing these songs – as nothing in them can be described as being overtly Hindu or dismissive of any other religion.

However, the inclusion of the song may be interpreted elsewhere as a part of the ruling Bharatia Janta Party’s (BJP) agenda to impose Hindu ideology and culture on the country’s minorities. The state of Gujarat witnessed one of the worst episodes of Hindu-Muslim riots in 2002, when the current Prime Minister Narendra Modi was Gujarat’s chief minister.

Published in The Express Tribune, February 1st, 2015.

COMMENTS (7)

Altaf | 6 years ago | Reply @Sneha: You sang church songs and prayers to Jesus? Really? Because a Hindu singing those Christian songs actually is an issue indeed. Christianity and Hinduism are incompatible. Jesus isn't just some reincarnation of Vishnu. I highly doubt you were asked to sing songs praising the Christian god in school.
Altaf | 6 years ago | Reply @BlackJack: Were you asked to sing the Lords prayer? Because hearing the prayer/song and actually being asked to sing the prayer/song are very different things.
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