The vision paper of the personality development cell (PDC) envisioned by the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government with its clear emphasis on Hindu culture is threatening to snowball into a major controversy.
The Opposition Congress is planning a state-wide agitation over the setting up of PDCs across colleges in Madhya Pradesh.
"This move is a clear indication that Shivraj Singh Chouhan's government is not a secular government. BJP government is instilling Hindutva in the young generation through PDC to fulfill the RSS agenda. This step of higher education department will communalise our youth," said Congress state vice president Manak Agrawal.
State higher education minister Deepak Joshi, however, countered the charge saying, "Students are not aware of our rich culture and tradition. They don't have idols to follow. It would now be possible through PDC."
The vision paper includes examples from the Hindu scriptures, Ramcharit Manas and Vivekananda’s interpretation of the Mahabharata. It does not refer to any icon from the minority community.
Convener of the guardians’ guild, Zamiruddin said, "Religion is a matter of faith and it should be limited to the individual. Government should teach science and new developments."
Spokesperson of the Catholic Church in MP and Chhattisgarh, Father Johny PJ also commented that the vision paper should have included icons from all religion.