'Bhagavad Gita' teaching announcement by Karnataka govt premature, says education expert

Bengaluru, Sep 21 (IANS): The decision of the ruling BJP in Karnataka to include teachings of the Bhagavad Gita in schools and colleges from December has triggered a debate.

Announcing it in the Assembly on Monday, Education Minister B.C. Nagesh stated that the teachings of the holy Hindu scripture would form a part of the 'Moral Education' syllabus.

"There is no proposal before the government to teach 'Bhagavad Gita' to students along with the present syllabus as a special subject," he said.

However, Professor, an activist and educational expert Niranjan Aradhya V.P, told IANS on Wednesday that the decision to make an announcement in this regard before the committee's report is "premature" and "hasty''.

"The decision of the government is incorrect. Whether it helps students or not is a different matter. In the academic quarter, bodies will prepare the syllabus for students. Principles of every religion should be inculcated in the book," he said.

Once the committee is formed and its recommendations are out, then discussion could be held. Without a committee making any decision, how can the minister announce that the Bhagavad Gita would be taught from December? Niranjan Aradhya questioned.

During the Legislative Council session, M.K. Pranesh, M Ravi Kumar, both BJP MLCs raised the question in the Legislative Council pressing for commencing the teachings of Bhagavad Gita to students.

"The government says there is no proposal to implement teachings of Bhagavad Gita to students in Karnataka in the present syllabus. There is no opposition to teaching Bhagavad Gita, Why is the government hesitant to teach Bhagavad Gita? Where has the interest shown by the government earlier while issuing statements evaporated? BJP MLC Pranesh had asked.

Clarifying the question, the Minister had said he stated in the written answer that there is no proposal to teach Bhagavad Gita with the present syllabus this year. But, Bhagavad Gita would be included with the Moral Science subject. For the same purpose a committee has been formed and as per the recommendations of the committee from December, Bhagavad Gita will be included there as per everyone's demand, Minister Nagesh stated.

He also said that many mistakes in the school syllabus have been rectified so far regarding historical facts and the exercise would continue in future.

However, the issue is likely to stir a controversy with various minority groups and individuals opposing it when the announcement was made earlier.

Minister Nagesh had earlier stated that as per the National Education Policy (NEP), on the lines of Gujarat state, Bhagavad Gita will be introduced in the state after consulting educational experts.

Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had tated that it is the government's stand to include Bhagavad Gita, the holy scripture of Hindus, into the syllabus as a part of moral science subject.

Asked whether Bhagavad Gita would teach moral lessons, CM Bommai had angrily asked that if not for Bhagavad Gita, which other scripture can teach morals to children? In this competitive age, children need moral education, said CM Bommai and asked not to create unnecessary confusion in this regard. If Bhagavad Gita is made part of the syllabus, it will help children with Intelligence, he maintained.

In this country, all tall leaders, elders who have thought about the nation have talked highly about Bhagavad Gita, Minister Nagesh had stated.

Minister for Large and Medium Industries Murugesh Nirani had stated that Bhagavad Gita has human values and children need to learn about those values. The government of Gujarat has taken a decision to add Bhagavad Gita in the syllabus and a decision should be taken in Karnataka also to introduce Bhagavad Gita to children, he had said.

Senior Congress leader and former minister from Mysuru, Tanveer Sait had stirred up a controversy by stating that introducing Bhagavad Gita in the syllabus of school children is dangerous. "It is more dangerous than Covid pandemic," he stated.

Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy asked the ruling BJP whether teachings of Bhagavad Gita will fill empty stomachs. The state is facing thousands of problems and the teachings of Bhagavad Gita won't provide food for people, he reiterated.

Emotional matters are gaining importance in the country. The innocents are being misled. "There is an end to this trend and we will wait until then," he said.

Opposition leader Siddaramaiah stated, "We believe in Hindu religion and give equal respect to other religions. We do not have any objection to teaching Bhagavad Gita, Bible, Quran to children. But, children should be given quality education," he said.






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  • Ramesh Masand, Uchila

    Thu, Sep 22 2022

    Bhagawad Gita should be first taught to politicians and bureaucrats as an essential part of politics and governance. Lead by example.

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  • Sarvanabhavana Purushotham, Murukaveri DK.

    Wed, Sep 21 2022

    You can not force anyone to study any religions text books it is each individuals right and choice.

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  • T Sathyanarayana, Bangalore

    Fri, Sep 23 2022

    It is no a religious book. It is a collection of teachings. People should use their brain fully before uttering using public domain. It would be wise to include such preachings in other religions documents to make people of all religions inclusive.

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  • Sarvanabhavana Purushotham, Murukaveri DK.

    Wed, Sep 21 2022

    Why ant conversion law is not applicable here ? other religions are not allowed to distribute pamphlets then how this is possible?

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  • shal, udupi

    Wed, Sep 21 2022

    does he mean that other scriptures have no moral values ? where is the democracy ?

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  • Daniel, Mangalore

    Wed, Sep 21 2022

    Teach Basics first to Enhance Knowledge and to stop all crimes. Holy Scripture says "You are gods, Sons or Children of Most High." Basically All are gods and so not to demonise others and become demons. Better be gods or god like than to become demons! ////// And Everyone has got God given an eternal soul as most people dont know that they have a soul at the moment of their conception (body comes from parents) and the breath, the Spirit also comes from God. Inhaling Yah and exhaling Weh or Yahweh, God's spirit makes everyone saying God's name all the time! No breath of God or If it stops permanently then death of the body (becomes dust) and one's soul returns to God as Soul belongs to God! ////// With love peace, joy, self control, humility, kindness, gentleness... with these Divine spirits Soul Shines but with Anger, hatred, greed, lust, pride, selfishness or self love... with these evil or bad spirits one's soul shrinks along with it body dis eases or sickens. So all need to be God like and enjoy health wealth and prosperity. That is Satya Yuga or coming soon, God's 1000 years of peace era!

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  • prakash, Manipal

    Wed, Sep 21 2022

    No problem in learning good things from any good book... But never impose anything with vengeance... This announcement is as if only Geeta is the one to follow... If so interested in cultural/moral evolution in kids have a mix of all religious books... We don't limit to only algebra in mathematics...

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  • Observer, Mangaluru

    Wed, Sep 21 2022

    Appeasement is mandatory from BJP point of view ahead of state election. Hijab, Azan, anti conversion bill were the other appeasement vote bank politics which is familiar to everyone..

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    Wed, Sep 21 2022

    ..get serious..there are Mutt/Madaras to teach religion... first appoint teachers to Govt schools, build infrasturcture, start teaching english from 1st standard..for decades Govt school neglected, this helped thriving private english medium school with high fees which average citizen cant afford, thus lost a generation of entrepreneurs/skilled workforce to compete with china..

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