Read Gita in school or leave India: Karnataka education minister

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    Karnataka debates whether to teach The Gita in schools

    A minister in the Karnataka government said recently, "No Indian who has values can oppose the Bhagavad Gita. Only those who love to adopt western culture can oppose the Gita. Such persons may well quit the country."

    The minister, Vishwanath Hegde, is in charge of Education and if he has his way, every government school in Karnataka will teach its students The Gita for one hour every day.

    Minority groups describe this as an attempt to communalise education and have asked the Karnataka High Court to intervene. The state and Central governments now have to explain their stand in court.

    "I respect the Gita," says Mohammed Imtiaz, the President of the Minorities Federation. "But to say that everyone has to read it is unfair and against my constitutional right. Can I force students of other religions or community to read the Quran compulsorily?"

    Recently, the BJP government in Madhya Pradesh drew flak for teaching Gita lessons in state-run schools. Two years ago, the same government was stopped by court from making students perform the 'surya namaskar' (sun salutation yogic exercise) or sing "vande mataram." Now, both are voluntary exercises.

    It's not just the right-wing that's tried to shape education on the basis of its ideology. In 2009, the Kerala government made sure that autobiographies of communist formed large portions of History books. And when Murli Manohar Joshi became the country's Human Resources Development Minister in the NDA, he recommended that Sanskrit and Saraswati Vandana be made compulsory in schools.

    When the UPA came to power in 2004, it promised to reverse what it described as the communalisation of education under the NDA government.

    Educationists argue that currently, textbooks and teaching material in government schools blend portions of all sacred books. They say political parties should not be allowed to hijack state syllabi.

    Karnataka debates whether to teach The Gita in schools
     
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    Actually, they should. Teach the Gita, Bible, Quran and the Granth.
     
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    They should be taught Quantum Physics rather than Gita, we get enough religious education at home.
     
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    Even if this is a very good move as the Shrimad Gita embodies millenia of native Indian culture , not just Hindu culture, if someone does not want to learn it they should feel free to drop out of that class.

    Alternatively it may be made compulsory for Hindu children and for those from other community who come there voluntarily.
     
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    yeah and forget about Maths,Physics, chemistry and biology.

    Wonder how much of Gita will they be able to teach, its a huge book.
     
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    And if there are teachers qualified enough to grasp the vast/deep concepts of Shrimad Gita.

    it may be made compulsory for Hindu children and for those from other community who come there voluntarily.
     
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    They should teach all the religions Gita,Quran,Bible,Granth,Buddhism and Evolution and left to choose for themselves.
     
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    Yeah. Religion is everything. Why bother about science.
     
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    Yes, teach these scriptures to those who believe in them or to those who are interested in them. No need for force feeding and also no need for forceful rejection.

    Let the people have the choice... that is proper secularism, isnt it...?
     
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    Exactly -teaching of Shrimad Gita should be there, for if we ourselves reject our culture who will accept it ?

    But it should be voluntary and not mandatory in case of children from other communities.
     
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    Gita cannot be taught in schools (for many elementary reasons apart from qualification), but its essence can and must be inculcated into young minds. There should be a mandatory moral lesson period in the school till at least class 9, which would help children identify right and wrong in various situations and also encourage them towards light.

    We are letting moral values slip away from children. Education has become the means of only livelihood, instead of being centered around character development. This is a very dangerous trend for the future of India.
     
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    we should teach gita,quran,bible etc in schools and make kids understand that all religious books say the same.
     
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    BJP has Hindutava* ideology and it goes in every election with a manifesto of which it is an integral part. Once in power it becomes an obligation to fulfill it and that's exactly Karnataka Government doing. As simple as that.
     
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    why only for one hour, they can teach for full 6 hours everyday. madrassa's in pakistan also started with only one hour of quran training every day. slowly slowly people started liking so much that they eliminated everything else and now they teach only quran for full everyday. I see this attempt as the stepping in the same direction. lord help us.
     
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    If religion is everything then why go to a doctor when your sick, why not pray and sit at home mate?
     
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    Actually indecisiveness, that is what is happening now anyway. Children should be taught all sides so that they dont grow up hate others who follow other ideas.
     
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    Duh!! Don't you get sarcasm mate?
     
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    Did you even read what I wrote ? Why this comparison with Pak on everything ? Our mentality is different from the Paks for whom that was an artificial,imported culture.

    Shrimad Gita is not an out and out religious book that needs to be learnt by rote. If students are interested there is no harm in teaching them their culture and the very deep philosophical concepts embedded in it.

    Just learning science and getting a job does not make you a well rounded person. A certain amount of spiritual/philosophical knowledge must also be there to learn to cope up with the various hardships in life and I speak from experience. I did not have that opportunity in my school. Why deny that to the future gen also ?

    No need to look everything from an atheist/pessimist POV.
     
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    When I was in school( a good public school) till 7th or 8th std we had a subject called "Moral science". I used to be the topper. But by the age of 13 I realised there was no use teaching such stuff, kids just forget after leaving the classroom.
     
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    Wow! what next? Employ witch doctors in government hospitals?
     

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