Muslims Protest inclusion of Bhagwat Geeta in Madrassa Syllabus

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    Madhya Pradesh's BJP-run government has ordered state-funded schools and even madrassas to introduce stories from the Bhagwad Gita in junior classes, triggering a storm in the Muslim community. Minority leaders on Monday accused the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government of saffronization of Islamic centres of learning.-The government order of August 1 dictates a "chapter on Bhagwad Gita should be included in the textbook of general Hindi for Class III and IV, special English and special Urdu for Class 1 and II for the 2013-14 academic session".-State minister for minority welfare Ajay Vishnoi said introducing students to Hindu religious texts wasn't new and that madrassas have taught content from the Gita for two years. "Nobody noticed or made an issue out of it. Now, with elections barely four months away, critics have raked up a controversy to vitiate the atmosphere," he said-However, the minister failed to explain why a fresh government order was issued if the Gita was already on the curriculum. "The lessons comprise inspirational sayings taken from the holy book to impart moral values to school children," he said.-The Congress party in MP saw the move as ammunition against the Chouhan government. "Religion must be left to religious heads. The government's job is to lift the standard of education and not push its own communal agenda," said leader of the opposition in the assembly Ajay Singh.-However, in New Delhi, the Congress response was far more guarded. Schools should also include content from the Quran, the Bible and the Guru Granth Sahib, said party spokesman Meem Afzal. "All religions are good. There is nothing wrong in Gita being taught but it will be better if some components from other religions are also included so that people can realize that those fanning disputes in the name of religion are wrong."-Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made no bones about plans to introduce the Gita in madrassas. Addressing a function hosted by RSS offshoot Saraswati Vidya Pratishtha in November 2011, he had said, "Teaching the Gita is no crime and the government will soon include it in school curriculum." He had made surya namaskar in schools compulsory recently but a court diluted it, making it voluntary.-Muslims have sought immediate intervention of the all-India Muslim personal law board. Board member Arif Masood on Monday appealed to governor Ram Naresh Yadav to stop the government from subverting the Muslim personal law. The ulema and scholars are also exploring legal options, the Muslim leader said.-"The government's move is an infringement on constitutional rights of minorities and interferes with our religious beliefs. I have appealed to the governor to scrap the order," Masood said.-The Minority United Forum is gearing up to take the fight to the streets. "We will not allow the BJP government to mess around with madrassa education. They cannot force students to study the Hindu scripture," said Maulana Ajmad Shah of the Forum. He said it was a ploy to polarize voters on the eve of elections .

    Madhya Pradesh's BJP-run government has ordered state-funded schools and even madrassas to introduce stories from the Bhagwad Gita in junior classes, triggering a storm in the Muslim community. Minority leaders on Monday accused the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government of saffronization of Islamic centres of learning.-The government order of August 1 dictates a "chapter on Bhagwad Gita should be included in the textbook of general Hindi for Class III and IV, special English and special Urdu for Class 1 and II for the 2013-14 academic session".-State minister for minority welfare Ajay Vishnoi said introducing students to Hindu religious texts wasn't new and that madrassas have taught content from the Gita for two years. "Nobody noticed or made an issue out of it. Now, with elections barely four months away, critics have raked up a controversy to vitiate the atmosphere," he said-However, the minister failed to explain why a fresh government order was issued if the Gita was already on the curriculum. "The lessons comprise inspirational sayings taken from the holy book to impart moral values to school children," he said.-The Congress party in MP saw the move as ammunition against the Chouhan government. "Religion must be left to religious heads. The government's job is to lift the standard of education and not push its own communal agenda," said leader of the opposition in the assembly Ajay Singh.-However, in New Delhi, the Congress response was far more guarded. Schools should also include content from the Quran, the Bible and the Guru Granth Sahib, said party spokesman Meem Afzal. "All religions are good. There is nothing wrong in Gita being taught but it will be better if some components from other religions are also included so that people can realize that those fanning disputes in the name of religion are wrong."-Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made no bones about plans to introduce the Gita in madrassas. Addressing a function hosted by RSS offshoot Saraswati Vidya Pratishtha in November 2011, he had said, "Teaching the Gita is no crime and the government will soon include it in school curriculum." He had made surya namaskar in schools compulsory recently but a court diluted it, making it voluntary.-Muslims have sought immediate intervention of the all-India Muslim personal law board. Board member Arif Masood on Monday appealed to governor Ram Naresh Yadav to stop the government from subverting the Muslim personal law. The ulema and scholars are also exploring legal options, the Muslim leader said.-"The government's move is an infringement on constitutional rights of minorities and interferes with our religious beliefs. I have appealed to the governor to scrap the order," Masood said.-The Minority United Forum is gearing up to take the fight to the streets. "We will not allow the BJP government to mess around with madrassa education. They cannot force students to study the Hindu scripture," said Maulana Ajmad Shah of the Forum. He said it was a ploy to polarize voters on the eve of elections.

    Madhya Pradesh's BJP-run government has ordered state-funded schools and even madrassas to introduce stories from the Bhagwad Gita in junior classes, triggering a storm in the Muslim community. Minority leaders on Monday accused the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government of saffronization of Islamic centres of learning.-The government order of August 1 dictates a "chapter on Bhagwad Gita should be included in the textbook of general Hindi for Class III and IV, special English and special Urdu for Class 1 and II for the 2013-14 academic session".-State minister for minority welfare Ajay Vishnoi said introducing students to Hindu religious texts wasn't new and that madrassas have taught content from the Gita for two years. "Nobody noticed or made an issue out of it. Now, with elections barely four months away, critics have raked up a controversy to vitiate the atmosphere," he said-However, the minister failed to explain why a fresh government order was issued if the Gita was already on the curriculum. "The lessons comprise inspirational sayings taken from the holy book to impart moral values to school children," he said.-The Congress party in MP saw the move as ammunition against the Chouhan government. "Religion must be left to religious heads. The government's job is to lift the standard of education and not push its own communal agenda," said leader of the opposition in the assembly Ajay Singh.-However, in New Delhi, the Congress response was far more guarded. Schools should also include content from the Quran, the Bible and the Guru Granth Sahib, said party spokesman Meem Afzal. "All religions are good. There is nothing wrong in Gita being taught but it will be better if some components from other religions are also included so that people can realize that those fanning disputes in the name of religion are wrong."-Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made no bones about plans to introduce the Gita in madrassas. Addressing a function hosted by RSS offshoot Saraswati Vidya Pratishtha in November 2011, he had said, "Teaching the Gita is no crime and the government will soon include it in school curriculum." He had made surya namaskar in schools compulsory recently but a court diluted it, making it voluntary.-Muslims have sought immediate intervention of the all-India Muslim personal law board. Board member Arif Masood on Monday appealed to governor Ram Naresh Yadav to stop the government from subverting the Muslim personal law. The ulema and scholars are also exploring legal options, the Muslim leader said.-"The government's move is an infringement on constitutional rights of minorities and interferes with our religious beliefs. I have appealed to the governor to scrap the order," Masood said.-The Minority United Forum is gearing up to take the fight to the streets. "We will not allow the BJP government to mess around with madrassa education. They cannot force students to study the Hindu scripture," said Maulana Ajmad Shah of the Forum. He said it was a ploy to polarize voters on the eve of elections.

    MP govt's order to introduce Gita in madrassas triggers storm in Muslim community - TOI Mobile | The Times of India Mobile Site
     
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    Re: Muslims Protest again Inclusion of Bhagwat Geeta in Madrassa Sylla

    Why make it compulsory? People already read it enough. And why only Bhagavad Gita?

    Oh, the elections are round the corner.
     
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    it has been there for 2 years but just before 2014 all are raising like helium baloons.
     
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    If Bhagwat Geeta is not in the curriculum of Madrasa then it does not make sense to teach other religious texts in a Madrasa. If it has been there then why these Mullahs are making noise now?
     
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    Re: Muslims Protest again Inclusion of Bhagwat Geeta in Madrassa Sylla

    Is education religion ??

    I ask ...
    If the purpose is to make a student aware, how is inclusion of Gita which is revered by the billions, prejudicial ?

    For that matter how is my knowing Quran prejudicial to the rights of the majority or minority ?

    The state has rights to decide the curriculum of schools it funds.
     
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    Re: Muslims Protest again Inclusion of Bhagwat Geeta in Madrassa Sylla

    Stupid decision, religious texts should be going out of education system everywhere not being included.

    Just burden the student with another subject that won't help him whatsoever. :facepalm:
     
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    MP govt is creating unnecessary controversy with this kind of thing. They should concentrate on development of the state which is one of the Bimaru and very backward.
     
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    We should do something what Turkey does with the Presidency of religious affairs, as majority of left-wing-liberal-secularists I came across have argued that Turkey is a secular state and so having such a presidency in India to teach Hinduism wouldn't be objectionable. [​IMG]
     
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    The reason for the Turkish Diyanet is precisely to keep Islam under check by making the secular authority of government supreme over that of religion. Even the Soviet Union did the same thing with SADUM. That doesn't mean the Soviet Union is an Islamic state.
     
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    Govt should stay out of temples, gurdwaras, mosques, churches, madrassa, vedic pathshalas, seminaries, etc etc. and concentrate on giving good governance.
     
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    There is a word for just that. It's called secularism (or laicism, if you want to be nitpicky).
     
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    Religious teaching is always moronic in present era of education system, if you want to teach religious literature, send them to some "muth" or whatever it's called.

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    Well Said ! Couldn't agree more on this.

    Instead of upgrading curriculum to modern aspects, Govt's are introducing spiritual texts. Govt.s should refrain from doing such things.
     
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    A most ridiculous thing to do.
     
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    Exactly. Government should concentrate only a secular acceptable to all education curriculam. No religious text. It should not sponsor Madrassa Education at all. If anyone wants to learn Islamic history or Arabic he should pay from his own pocket. Attending, Government authorised schools should be made mandatory and punishable for the parents in case of failing to do so. If the communities want religious education (geeta, Quran etc) they should establish and fund their own schools or Madrassa or Tolls but that is only after Government curriculam. I wonder we read so much BS but they never make an attempt to include a chilren version of our Constitution in the text...
     
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    We had History and Civics, and in Civics we have studied the Constitution.
     
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    What I can remember is one-two pages at the end of History book in tenth standard. What I want at least some discussion so that students can understand the ideals of the Constitution, rights and duty of the citizens. There should be seperate subject for it plus discussion on different social problems and superstitions; environments etc plus Indian polity in brief and recent developments. There are several subjects which become irrelevant in later years; for example Biology for Engineering students or Physics for an Arts students. There should be something which would remain important throughout the life of a citizen.
     
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    PSEB for matriculation compulsory Punjabi has around 10 shabdas from Gurbani. I have read those (1995-94) and remember every single Shabdas.
     
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    There are more people in this nation who know religious texts by heart than anything about constitution of India.

    Reason: Religion being prirority of the state than equality and justice! Are we secular??
     
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    What is wrong in learning the literature that is originated in this country, if you are an Indian? It is not a religious education, but part of Hindi language subject. We have studied poems related to all religions par of our Tamil subject in high school.
     
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