Bantwal: Ganapati Havana in school courts education dept inquiry, president resigns

Daijiworld Media Network – Bantwal (MS)

Bantwal, May 27: A Ganapati Havana conducted on the reopening day of the Padibagilu government school near Vittal in the taluk has courted controversy.

The president of the school development committee was subjected to an investigation by the block education officer and a report was sent to DDPI.

The tradition of Ganapati Havana has been followed in the school for the past 15 years. Accordingly, this year too, the Havana was held on May 6. There was no instruction from the education department that Hindu religious ceremonies should not be held in school. Similarly, the parents and students also did not object. However, the education department received a complaint and it subjected the school development committee president Balakrishna Karanth to an intense interrogation.

The school development committee and parents of students have vehemently opposed the step taken by the education department. Villagers say that people of all communities live in harmony in this village. This tradition has been followed in the school for many years and no one has objected to the same but the educational department is unnecessarily creating controversy out of this matter, say the villagers. In addition, bhajans are held in school every Thursday and all students take part in that.

Reacting to the incident DK DDPI Sudhakar said, “We have to follow the orders of the state government as well as the court. Schools should practice equality and there should not be any kind of religious affinity. The Bantwal BEO has informed that he has sought explanation on the matter.”

Following these developments, the president of school development committee Balakrishna Karanth tendered resignation to his position for holding an inquiry against him for conducting Havana in school.

This development has irked the villagers. When the school was about to be closed earlier, the villagers had pooled in lac of rupees and ensured that the school continued functioning. They have questioned the action by the education department officers. who they claimed, were not bothered when the school was about to be closed down.





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  • Anand, Surathkal

    Sat, May 28 2022

    Hope they will not stop annual Saraswathi pooja in educational institutions. In that case Onam festival being celebrated in many colleges should be stopped .

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  • Alwyn, Canaday

    Sat, May 28 2022

    I believe it should be banned in order to keep uniformity with all citizens because everyone pay taxes and keep religious activities separately from mingling with education in govt property

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  • DP, Balmatta

    Fri, May 27 2022

    Kudos to the education department. Righty done so ! Next on the cutting block should be worshipping vehicles . Can save a lot of time as well as Limes and chillies, as well cut down on diabetic level of people.

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  • KS Mayya, Mangalore/Bangalore

    Fri, May 27 2022

    Dear DP from Balmatta, What are you ashamed off? D or P? You talk ill of Ganapathy, your D and P speaks volumes of illiteracy of a country you live in. You do not deserve to live here. You should chose, Afghanistan or Syria to live happily ever after.

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  • Megan Vasco, Udupi

    Fri, May 27 2022


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  • s shetty, Tulunaad

    Fri, May 27 2022

    whats wrong in that, its a good godly vibe

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  • AJ, Mangalore

    Fri, May 27 2022

    Nothing wrong in wearing hijab in classroom also

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  • habib, mangalore

    Sat, May 28 2022

    no Muslims or Christians objected poojas in schools or govt office ever, Its BJP started playing religion politics in schools. now automatically all laws will applies strictly that they have to obey court orders , like in azan ,yakshagana and other religious functions ... it is RSS ideology very dangerous for harmony in society .

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Fri, May 27 2022

    majority rituals should not be questioned...probably the education officer did not know this..he should apologise immediately....

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  • El En Tea, Mangalore

    Fri, May 27 2022

    School is a Mandir Ganpati Havana Hanuman chalisa Sharadha Pooja All these religious rituals should be practice inside the school as per new education policy Positevly hope no replacement of National Anthem with Nagpur academy manthra Namasthe Saadha vasthle.......

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