HC upholds fundamental duties' education in school curriculum
HC directs Central as well as UP Governments to take necessary steps to make education of fundamental duties and moral education compulsory in all schools and institutions established by all religious communities, reports Rajesh Kumar Pandey.india Updated: May 05, 2007 18:51 IST
The Allahabad High Court has directed the Central as well as Uttar Pradesh Governments to take necessary steps to make education of fundamental duties and moral education compulsory in all schools and institutions established by all religious communities including Madrasas so that the citizenry of India and younger generation may be developed according to the dream of the Constituent Assembly.
Giving this judgment, the court observed, "To develop a good temperament, humanism and a sense of equality, to preserve rich heritage and India's composite culture and to develop patriotism in the citizenry of India, it is necessary that all schools/ institutions including Madrasas are made liable to teach fundamental duties and moral education (not religious) to their students who are future citizens of the country to make India a strong and developed nation in the world." In this detailed judgment (writ No- 34892 of 2004), the court has said that every citizen of India is also liable to perform certain duties as enshrined under Article 51-A of the Constitution of India. These duties according to the courts are (1)- to abide by the Constitution and respect its ideals and institutions, the national flag and the national anthem (2)- to uphold and protect the sovereignty, unity and integrity of India, to promote harmony and the spirit of common brotherhood amongst all the people of India transcending religious, linguistic and regional or sectional diversities etc.