gita: ‘teach the constitution, the holy books of all religions in schools’ | Ahmedabad News

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Gandhinagar: The Gujarat government’s decision to teach Bhagwad Gita to students from grade 6 has been criticized by some, with activists saying all holy books should be taught in schools.
“The study of any religious book is welcome. But only the Bhagwad Gita smacks of majoritarianism and against the secular fabric of India! All holy books must be studied! tweeted Jesuit priest and human rights activist Cedric Prakash,” reacting to the Gujarat government’s decision to introduce Class VI Gita study from the 2022-23 academic session.
Officials from other educational institutions, speaking on condition of anonymity, said schools – especially minority-run institutions – obtain government permission to open schools on the condition that the religion is not taught. By deciding to teach the Bhagwad Gita, the government is acting against its own set of rules, the institutions’ officials say.
The Opposition Congress said the announcement of the introduction of the Bhagwad Gita to class 6 students is “a ploy by the ruling BJP to divert attention from the main problems of the people and hide their faults.” Party spokesman Manish Doshi said, “The BJP has trampled on the central message of the Bhagwad Gita to be truthful. The BJP government has operated on deception and lies. The actions of the BJP resemble those of the Kauravas but they want to project themselves as Pandavas. Gujarat’s education system has steadily deteriorated over the past two plus decades.
The All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) meanwhile said the government should instead focus on teaching the Indian Constitution to students. “The State has no religion and the Constitution does not favor any religion over others. If necessary, the Constitution of India should be taught in all schools, which will enable our children to be responsible and vigilant citizens of the country,” said AIMIM State Vice President Shamshad Pathan.
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