Karnataka School Education Minister BC Nagesh, replying to a question from legislative member MK Pranesh during the ongoing assembly session at Vidhana Soudha on Monday, said the government will introduce Bhagavad Gita in schools and col· read from this same academic year. He also added that Bhagavad Gita will be a part of moral education from this year and a committee will be formed soon to take a decision on the same.
Nagesh has been mulling over the inclusion of the Bhagavad Gita in schools and colleges and had also courted controversy after claiming that the Gita, unlike the Quran and the Bible, is not a religious book but teaches “values of life”.
Condemning Nagesh’s remarks, Ajay Kamath, secretary of All India Democratic Students Organization (AIDSO), Karnataka said, “In the name of moral education, the government is trying to introduce religious issues into education proposing to teach Bhagavad Gita. The old education system has for centuries kept most of the people, including the poor, Dalits, downtrodden and women, away from learning and education.”
He also added that including the Gita is a ploy to introduce unscientific, old and blind ideas among the students and create a rift among them for political gains.