Govt mulls teaching Bhagavad Gita in schools, colleges from this academic year


Bengaluru, Sep 19 (IANS): Karnataka's Education Minister B.C. Nagesh on Monday announced that the state government is contemplating on commencing the teaching of the Bhagavad Gita in schools and colleges across the state from this academic year onwards.

Nagesh made the remarks while replying to a query during the Assembly session.

"We are contemplating to begin teaching the Bhagavad Gita from this academic year. It will be taught under a moral science subject. The discussion is going on. A committee will be formed and we will take a decision soon," he said.

The query was raised by BJP MLC M.K. Pranesh. He asked: "The government says there is no proposal to implement teachings of Bhagavad Gita to students in Karnataka. Is the government hesitant to teach Bhagavad Gita? Why has the interest shown by the government earlier while issuing statements evaporated?"

The issue is likely to create controversy with various minority groups and individuals opposing it when the announcement was made earlier by Nagesh had stated that as per the National Education Policy (NEP), on the lines of Gujarat state, the Bhagavad Gita will be introduced in Karnataka after consulting educational experts.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said that it was his government's stand to include the Bhagavad Gita into the syllabus as a part of moral science subject.

Minister for Large and Medium Industries Murugesh Nirani has 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.

However, senior Congress leader and former minister from Mysuru, Tanveer Sait stirred controversy over the weekend by stating that introducing the Bhagavad Gita in the syllabus "is more dangerous than Covid pandemic".

Former Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy questioned the state government on the proposal and added that teaching of the Bhagavad Gita won't fill empty stomachs.

"The state is facing thousands of problems and the teachings of Bhagavad Gita won't provide food for people. 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 said: "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."

 

  

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  • Ronald D, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    Mr Minister, please do not try to overtake the job od swamiji's matts! You appoint teachers in the place of retired ones! Once you appoint new teachers, then you too retire and practice religion and sanyasa if need be! Why are you into religion than working on your portfolio!

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  • Santhosh Vincent Agera, Vamanjoor, Mangalore, Karnataka

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    First politicians learn Bhagwathgeetha, if they learn and adhere contents, quote within it believe me we get good governance, corruptionless government, development, there will be no poverty, black money accumulations disappear, commission governance disappear, adulatory, rape, murder. Now decide whether Baghwathgeetha really required for whom is it for sincere students or corrupted politicians.

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  • John Crasta, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    a) It must be compulsory only for the Hindus. Once the Hindus learn Bhagavad Gita they will not vote for BJP in their lifetime b) Christians must be asked to repeat the following meditational prayer Slowly and silently in the mind at least 30 times “Jesus make my heart your home Jesus give me peace in my heart Holy Spirit work in me and through me.”

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  • gm, mlur

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    Don't teach things like Savarkar was flying daily on the wings of Bulbul bird from the Jail. When you teach all the lies do you think any holy book will make any difference in those schools?

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  • Fernandes, Mangalore.

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    Hey B.C. Nagesh, First teach all your MAL and MLC , National Anthem(Jana Gana Mana) and National Song of India (Vande Mataram). You are always there with some issues to create unrest to the students. DO some thing beneficiary to the students.

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  • Hussain, Qatar

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    Dear Minister So now you don't have problem mixing religion with education?

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  • Alwyn, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    According to the new conversion bill, it is illegal to force someone to follow or adopt another religion. If the minister is forcing other religions to follow Bhagavad Gita in schools, and colleges he needs to be put in jail.

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    History witnessed that the dictators had the worst end

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  • Moshu, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    History witnessed that dictators had the worst end.

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  • Joel, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    School is all about filling answer sheets so this will have no negative impact on students. Which one of you remember your history classes accurately now?

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  • AD, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    If it is cumpolsory to children of other faith then anti conversion act will be applicable

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  • Thouseef, Mangalore

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    Now only thing is left to do is hindu students go to hindu school other cast people's go to other school this is lft from our buddy people bjpeeee

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  • mohan prabhu, mangalore/canada

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    So long as Moral Science does not eliminate class on religious studies, and is optional, it is a good thing to learn but learning is different from practising according to the tenets of the holy books, Bibble and Quaran included. They may believe in them but their life is not guided by them.

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  • Shuba, Mangaluru

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    Why can't the education sectors keep separate sessions for interested students only as otherwise our education system will be lacking with international grade. Don't just burden the poor students with additional burden as they can't oppose. The big reputed school management would hardly bother on your imposition

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  • R Dsouza, Udupi

    Tue, Sep 20 2022

    Given the current situation across the state and country, it is very important to teach how to be responsible and good citizens. I think politicians and seers first need to be educated about religion before teaching kids. If implemented, teach all religions because the message is the same. Love and respect one another.

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  • Jossy Tauro, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Now don't complaint or oppose if foreign countries implement Quran or Bible study for hindus.

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  • Raj, mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    along with bagvadgita, kuran and Bible also should be taught! because India belongs to everyone.

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  • Kumar, Al-Khor, Qatar

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Why you did not mention Granth Sahib, Tripitaka, Aagama, Zend Avesta, Torah...? Also teach Salman Rashdi's Satanic Verses, because I believe it as my holy book...

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    govt. schools should stay away from religion... hanging of God's photos, celebrating religious festivals has to be phased out...

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  • Ronald, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Does the Bhagavad Gita operate in his life? If it did he wouldn’t be in politics in the first place

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  • j.anata, Mangaluru / Bengaluru

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Good decision by State Govt if implemented.

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  • Ahmed, Bangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Let's bring in Quran and Bible too... Why force only one. Let them study all and start being comparative to understand better

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  • Varun, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Even coriander price crossed century.. this government is just not bothered... people who voted them to power should seriously introspect atleast now....

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  • Agnes, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Increasing the burden of students such an idiot education minister. He is from the stone age I think.

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  • Observer, Mangaluru

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Look who quotes below sweet line. Person with a party ideology which go against the constitutional moraity... 'Minister for Large and Medium Industries Murugesh Nirani has stated that Bhagavad Gita has human values and children need to learn about those values'....

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  • Jd, Mlr

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    So much gita has been studied, how has it helped?

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  • Pradeep, Dubai

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    ಇಂತಹ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಸಚಿವರಿದ್ರೆ ನಮ್ಮ ದೇಶ ಉದ್ದಾರ ಆದಹಾಗೆ. ಭಗವತಗೀತೆ, ಬೈಬಲ್, ಕುರಾನ್ ಕಲಿಸುವುದು ಶಾಲೆಗಳ ಕೆಲಸವಲ್ಲ, ಯಾವುದೇ ಕಂಪನಿಗೆ ಇಂಟರ್ವ್ಯೂಗೆ ಹೋದರೆ ಯಾರೂ ಧರ್ಮದ ಬಗ್ಗೆ ಪ್ರಶ್ನೆ ಕೂಡ ಕೇಳಲ್ಲ, ಈ ಧಾರ್ಮಿಕ ಶಿಕ್ಷಣ ಕೇವಲ ಬಿಜೆಪಿ ಟಿಕೆಟ್ ಸಿಗಲು ಮಾತ್ರ, ಬೇರೆ ಯಾವುದಕ್ಕೂ ಅಗತ್ಯವಿಲ್ಲ

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    That is the reason all MNCs are relocating to non-BJP sates and so many are finding employment in neighbouring states. Eventually let BJP ruled states teach religion to cows if live and healthy.

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  • k b r, Mangala Uru

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    ಯಾವ ಮ್ ನ್ ಸಿ ಎಲ್ಲಿಗೆ ಶಿಫ್ಟ್ ಆಗಿದೆ.. ಉದಾಹರಣೆ ಕೊಡು…. ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಆಡಳಿತ ಪಕ್ಷ ಮತ್ತೆ ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರದ ಆಡಳಿತ ಪಕ್ಷ ಬೇರೆ ಬೇರೆ ಆದರೆ ತುಂಬ ತೊಂದರೆಗಳು… ಇಬ್ಬರ ಜಗಳದಲ್ಲಿ ಮಗು ತೊಂದರೆಗೆ ಒಳಗಾದಂತೆ ಕೇಂದ್ರ ಹಾಗೂ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಸರಕಾರಗಳ ಜಗಳದಲ್ಲಿ ರಾಜ್ಯದ ಜನರಿಗೆ ಕಷ್ಟ....

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    MNCs are closing in india and going back. Either they are closing in BJP ruled states and keep operational in non-BJP states. What they will do in BJP ruled states if no business activities due uncertainty and everyday law and order situation. Kill Flies.

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  • Kudla Stories, Kudla

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    First teach morals and then teach things that helps students take an active role in the development if our country. We need engineers doctors and so on to develop this country. Not a hindu muslim christian.

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Teach Bhagavad Gita only to Hindu students but not to all students of different faith. It will be illegal if you that and anti constitutional. It will amount to forceful and willful coercion for conversion.

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  • Jeevan Jeppu, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Though in principle I am against making it compulsory for students of all religions to study the Gita, personally I am not opposed to the idea. 60 years ago when I did my studies in Kannada language we had all the time Mahabharata ans Ramayana. And I was much ahead of my Hindu classmates in my knowledge of the Hindu epics as well as my knowledge and love for Kannada. Those studies only strengthened my Christian faith. Mr Minister, you might need to teach your scriptures to your students by force in the school, but Christian, Muslim and Sikh children will learn their scriptures more efficiently from their parents right in their homes.

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    What a fake narrative to fool and misguide people by saying studying Bhagavad Gita it strengthened your Christian faith. You are definitely blind in one or both eyes to distinguish things clearly.

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  • Vinod Kumar, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Why not add Bible and Quran too along with Bhagavad Gita in schools.

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  • RonRon, Udupi

    Mon, Sep 19 2022

    Firstly, Bhagwadgeetha shall be thought to these politicians,

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