Sex education will pollute innocent minds: Dinanath Batra
Claiming that sex-education will 'pollute' young minds, prominent Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Dinanath Batra on Saturday said that the concept must not find any space in the 'improved' Indianised education system.punjab Updated: Feb 14, 2015 19:50 IST
Claiming that sex-education will ‘pollute’ young minds, prominent Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) ideologue Dinanath Batra on Saturday said that the concept must not find any space in the ‘improved’ Indianised education system.
Batra was at the Budha College of Education at Rambha village, about 15-kms from Karnal, to present a keynote address at the national workshop on ‘Review of Right to Education’ sponsored by the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR).
Batra told HT in an exclusive interview that mere expression of the word ‘sex’ would lead to deviation of attention in ‘innocent’ minds.
Recipient of the Rashatrapati Award, Batra’s name has been proposed by the Haryana education minister Ram Bilas Sharma for heading a panel of experts to suggest changes in the state’s education system.
He denied that sex-education had any role in creating awareness about sexually-transmitted diseases (STDs), personal hygiene etc among adolescents. “Instead, we should focus on character building among students. You cannot imagine how a woman teacher or a girl student would react to such an expression (read sex-education) in a class,” said Batra, also the president of RSS-backed Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti.
Batra is also referred to as a ‘book auditor’ for his legal battles against leading publishers and authors contesting on behalf of ‘Indian values’ and most recently forced Penguin Books India to pulp American scholar Wendy Doniger's book “The Hindus: An Alternative History”.
Meanwhile, eight textbook’s written by Batra have been intoduced into the school curiculum by the Gujarat State School Textbook Board.
“I certainly want to saffronise the entire Indian education with ample space for other religious texts. While I firmly support introduction of selected chapters of Bhagavad Gita in schools, I also support the idea of taking texts on moral education from all religions which are aimed at building a humane and enlightened society,” he said while adding that he had given detailed suggestions to the human resource development ministry for brining value-based changes in the education system.
He called for including textbooks and redesign curriculum from Indian point of view.
“Following my lawsuits NCERT had to delete 75 objectionable passages and references against Indian martyrs and different communities from various textbooks. These offensive texts were written by the foreign writers from their perspective but students have been reading them for more than a decade,” he said.
Batra also bats for synthesising the ancient Indian culture with modern education system to fine tune the Indian academic standards.
“We are continuing with the education system given by the colonial regime and academic bodies such as National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) are publishing textbooks with objectionable content. While the younger generation should be imparted modern education, it should be integral part of our education system to acquaint them with the contributions of Bhaskaracharya, Aryabhata and other ancient figures,” he said.
A former principal of a RSS-run school in Kurukshetra, Batra said that the change in the education system should be holistic and the study pattern at Madarsas should also be modernised.
“Muslims also need to study English and other modern subjects at their conventional schools. Good education could play an important role to bridge gaps among various sections of the society,” he said.
Batra said provision of 25% reservation for poor students (under the RTE) should be extended to the state of Jammu and Kashmir, schools run by the institutions of the minority community, and Navodya and Kendriya Vidyalyas.