Hindu scripture to be taught in Madhya Pradesh madrassahs: Report

Source: Express Tribune

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.”

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3 replies

  1. If they include teachings from the Quran, the Bible and Guru Garanth Sahib also, then it may be a good thing and may not violate, Separation of Church and State.

  2. Teaching religious scripture, even more than one religious scripture,, is a violation of Separation of Church and State. Educating culture and historical or sociological aspects of a religion is one thing, but teaching mandatory scripture is out of line. Yes I am a Muslim, but if a school nearby taught non Muslims Quran by a mandate…I would protest it up and down my state capital. One must never impose their religious beliefs or doctrine on another.

  3. How about if they do what Kenyan schools do – we have religious education in the curricula (R.E.), but, during those periods the children go to their separate classes, i.e. the Muslims learn IRE, the Christians – CRE and the Hindus/Sikhs – HRE and nobody has any problems while the country is attached to no particular religion though we celebrate all the relevant holidays of these 3 faiths.

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