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Ranjan, Hindustan Times
Bhopal, August 06, 2013
Roza Iftar at CM House on Tuesday drove the state government and also the BJP to get engaged in a damage control exercise over the state government’s decision to include Bhagavad Gita teachings in Class 1 and 2 textbooks. The minorities’ organisations and the Opposition Congress have strongly objected to the decision.

On Sunday, Hindustan Times carried a story on the state government’s decision and also the opposition to it by a section of society.

On the eve of Roza Iftar, the state government as well as the state BJP’s minority frontal organisation became active to send out an impression that the state government believes in ‘Sarvdharm sambhav’ and every religion and its personalities got ample reflection in the school textbooks.

The state BJP minority front president Hidayatullah Sheikh on Monday gave details of chapters based on Islam and Christianity being taught in several classes.

For instance, Eid and Christmas are mentioned in ‘Our festival’ chapter in class 8’s general English subject.

A chapter ‘Ends and Means’ in Class 12 General English has the life of Lord Christ and Garib Nawaz of Ajmer.

There were chapters on the life and deeds of various personalities from every religion in the textbooks.

Even in Urdu textbooks, the life of Hazarat Imam, Krishna and Sudama find mention.

Significance of festivals such as Holi, Eid, Diwali, Christmas, Rakhi, Guru Parva, Mahavir Jayanti, Budh Jayanti etc are also taught.

Talking to Hindustan Times, Sheikh said the organisations and people who were opposed to Bhagavad Gita teachings, had no problem when the chapters on Bible and Quran were included in the textbooks.

But the moment some Bhagavad Gita chapters were included in the textbooks, they started raising hue and cry over the same.

Sheikh said it was a misconception that teaching of religions in schools would vitiate the atmosphere in the institutions and the society. “In my view, there should be teachings on all the religions in the schools."