New Delhi: Amid the ongoing controversy in Karnataka over the introduction of the Bhagavad Gita into the school curriculum, one of the schools in the capital city of Bengaluru has made it compulsory for students to carry the Bible to institute. According to a report, Bangalore Clarence High School has also taken a pledge from parents that they will not object to their wards carrying the holy book on the premises.Also Read – From no-fine mask to corona restrictions, here’s how Karnataka is preparing to tackle a possible 4th wave of COVID
Following the directive, Hindu state spokesman Janajagruti Samithi, Mohan Gowda, claimed the school was forcing non-Christian students to read the Bible. Calling the ordinance a violation of Articles 25 and 30 of the Indian constitution, Gowda reportedly said, “There are also non-Christian students who study in school and are forced to learn the Bible. There are also Supreme Court guidelines that educational institutions cannot apply religious teachings to any student. Also read – Hyderabad hit by thunderstorm; Diverted flights to Bangalore, Vijayawada, Nagpur. Details here
It comes days after reports claimed that the Karnataka government is set to introduce Hindu epic stories – ‘Bhagavad Gita’ and ‘Mahabharat’ – into its school curriculum from the next school year. To clarify the situation last week, Education Minister BC Nagesh said, “Starting next year, Moral Education will be added to the school curriculum. ‘Bhagavad Gita’, ‘Mahabharat’ and ‘Panchatantra Stories’ will also be part of moral education. Also Read – 7 Life Changing Verses You Must Learn From Bhagavad Gita
“Whatever ideologies help children achieve higher morality would be embraced in moral education. It will not be limited to religion. Aspects of various religious texts that are beneficial to children would be adopted. However, aspects of a particular religion followed by 90% of children would find more preference and that is inevitable,” he explained.
Minister Nagesh had also clarified that the title ‘Mysuru Huli’ (Lion of Mysuru) of the former ruler of Mysuru Kingdom Tipu Sultan would be retained in the textbooks. BJP MP Appachu Ranjan had demanded the Tipu Sultan lesson be removed from the textbooks.
“MP Ranjan had insisted that if a lesson on Tipu Sultan is taught, all facets must be taught. Tipu was an anti-Kannada leader who imposed the Persian language in the administration. His atrocities in Kodagu must also be taught to children. But, the lesson on Tipu is not abandoned, unnecessary details would be kept. Details on which aspects would be omitted will be shared later,” he explained.
Furthermore, Minister Nagesh said that parents of children studying in Urdu schools have asked him to introduce a contemporary curriculum in these schools. “They fear that their children will be left behind in this competitive world. However, there is no such demand from Madrassas or the Minority Welfare Department,” he added.