Haryana: BJP non-committal on giving spacet o diverse faiths in school education

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Apr 22, 2015 19:44 IST

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leadership is non-committal on introducing holy texts from various faiths in the school syllabus in Haryana.

The Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in the state has proposed to introduce selected verses from Bhagvad Gita as part of the school curriculum.

Also, an RSS ideologue and controversial educationist Dinanath Batra has been recently made the patron of the Guidance Board and Education Advisory Committee by the Khattar government. Batra advocates 'saffronisation' of the education system in the country.

However, Kailash Vijayvargiya, member of the national executive of the BJP and incharge of Haryana affairs, on Wednesday denied that the party was trying to promote any particular faith.

When asked if the BJP government in Haryana will introduce verses on humanity from different holy texts, Vijayvargiya said that it was wrong to associate Gita with any particular religion.

"Even the courts have said that Gita is not a religious book, but an ancient text that teaches human and moral values in the society. It is a wrong assumption that this holy book is limited to one faith," said Vijayvargiya, also a minister in Madhya Pradesh government.

The BJP leader, who was in Karnal to chair a state-level programme, said that the party had planned to train 15 lakh newly enrolled members for various tasks.

"Of the 10 crore enrolled members, the BJP will identify nearly 15 lakh individuals and groom their skills for the party activities. Special programmes will be started to train potential hard-working BJP activists," he said.

State party president Subhash Barala said that nearly 30 legislators and other office bearers attended today's workshop and denied that any leader, including state health minister Anil Vij, had ignored the event.

"Only those leaders were invited at the function, who were scheduled to participate actively in the door-to-door campaign to rope in newly enrolled members as active BJP workers," he said.

Barala said that the state government was working to evolve a system where a lease holder of an agriculture land gets due compensation for crop losses.

"Officials of the agriculture and revenue department are working to ensure that the real sufferer gets benefit. The party is sensitive to the issues of a common man," he added.

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