Muslim organisations threaten to move court
MP government’s decision to include chapters on the Bhagavad Gita in Urdu medium schools, starting from Class 1 and 2, from this academic session has sparked a new controversy and has earned the ire of Muslim organisations.Updated: Aug 05, 2013 11:54 IST
The state government’s decision to include chapters on the Bhagavad Gita in Urdu medium schools, starting from Class 1 and 2, from this academic session has sparked a new controversy. The decision has earned the ire of Muslim organisations.
Several such organisations have come out against the government’s decision and have said if required they would seek court intervention in the matter.
“The decision to include chapters on Gita in government schools itself is wrong and unconstitutional. Now, by including Gita in the syllabus of Urdu medium schools and in Urdu books is like adding insult to injury,” said member of Muslim personal law board Arif Masood.
He termed the government’s decision as interference in religion.
Those who wish to study Gita can go ahead but others should be provided with an alternative.
Muslims would protest this decision tooth and nail and would knock on court’s door if the government does not reconsider its decision, said Masood.
MP unit of Coordination Committee for Indian Muslims has also opposed and condemned the decision. Secretary of the committee, Javed Akhtar asks why the government has chosen only the Bhagavad Gita to impart moral lessons.
India is a secular country and such decisions are against the spirit of communal harmony. “We would definitely take legal recourse,” said Akhtar.
“Such decisions go against the spirit of a secular state. I remember before 1970s, the state government had a book in schools where chapters on Guru Govind Singh, Bible and Islam were incorporated in some form or another. That book disappeared gradually,” said Mohammad Mahir, president of Muslim Vikas Parishad.
If government’s intention is really to teach moral lessons then teachings from all religions should be included, said Mahir.
Social activist Abdul Jabbar said it is really ironical that Urdu has now been associated with a religion.
Earlier, it was considered only as a language that everybody studied; now it has been confined to Muslims alone.
Moreover, the decision of teaching Gita in Urdu medium is another attempt to relate it exclusively to Muslims.
The government should try to teach Islamic preaching as well especially misconceptions spread about Islam.
First Published: Aug 05, 2013 11:50 IST