The Karnataka BJP government has
been involved in one or the other controversies since it has
assumed power three years back. It had been in the news for its
corruption, for its performance, for its Land Acquisition
activities to name the few and now the recent Gita Abhiyan- to
teach Gita in schools in primary and high school. Is this the new
way of spreading communalism adopted by the BJP government?
Mr. Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri even has gone one step further and said
that “Attend Gita classes or leave India”. What does this
First of all Mr. Kageri has to remember that India is a Secular
Democratic Country where not religion but Constitution is supreme.
Constitution is above law and also above Hinduism, Islamism or
Secondly, our constitution has granted us the right
to practice profess and propagate ones religion but that also
within our limits by seeing that our action does not hurt anyone.
We are fortunate that we do not have any state-religion as some
other autocratic regimes such as Pakistan, Saudi Arabia does.
In fact in India we have a clause Article 15 which prohibits
discrimination on the basis of religion, caste, race, sex etc and
found to be practicing is something punishable. Schools are
supposed to be the pillars of moulding children’s mind and making
them good citizens.
Through this Gita Abhiyan are we making the
children’s mind communal and teaching them hatred against
other religions. Our constitution has seen that no religious
teachings are carried out by any educational institutions
maintained by the state.
All religions teach love, compassion, and respect towards other
religions. There are good teachings in all religions and we should
follow them in our daily life.
Likewise in Bhagwad Gita which is
basically a text containing the conversation between Krishna and
Arjun teaches good things but it is good that we teach our
children at home rather than at school.
If the government is so
much adamant about teaching Bhagwad Gita then why Quran and Bible
should not be taught to them? Why they are not insisting about
teaching Quran or Bible to the children?
Further the Education Minister should remember that the children
are very innocent in their first seven years of age and it is the
age of playing and learning new things. What right does the
Government have to communalise the minds of these innocent
Instead of teaching them how to hate
others let us teach them instead how to love children from other
religions. The schools should be left in the domain of the
children only and should be taught how to uphold the values of
unity and integrity and the ways to strengthen them.
If we really want to teach the
children something let us teach them instead the meaning and
essence of constitution and the rights of the people.