Bangalore: Karnataka Education Minister BC Nagesh on Monday announced that the state government is considering starting the teaching of Bhagavad Gita in schools and colleges across the state from this academic year. Nagesh made the remarks while replying to a question during the assembly session. “We are contemplating to start teaching Bhagavad Gita from this academic year. It will be taught under a moral science subject. Discussions are on. A committee will be formed and we will take a decision soon,” he said.
This question was raised by BJP MLC MK Pranesh. He asked: “The government says that there is no proposal to implement the teachings of Bhagavad Gita for students in Karnataka. Is the government hesitant to teach the Bhagavad Gita? Why should the interest shown by the government while issuing the first statement vanish? Has been?” The issue is likely to create controversy with various minority groups and individuals opposing it, when Nagesh had earlier announced that the Bhagavad Gita would be introduced in Karnataka, on the lines of the state of Gujarat, as per the National Policy on Education (NEP). Will go After consulting educational experts.
Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai had said that it was his government’s stand to include the Bhagavad Gita in the syllabus as a part of moral science subject. Large and Medium Industries Minister Murugesh Nirani has said that Bhagavad Gita has human values and children need to know about those values. He had said that the Gujarat government has decided to include Bhagavad Gita in the curriculum and in Karnataka also a decision should be taken to introduce Bhagavad Gita to children.
However, senior Congress leader and former Mysore minister Tanveer Sait sparked controversy over the weekend by saying that the inclusion of Bhagavad Gita in the curriculum is “more dangerous than the Covid pandemic”. Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy questioned the state government on the proposal and said that the teaching of Bhagavad Gita will not fill an empty stomach.
“The state is facing thousands of problems and the teachings of Bhagavad Gita will not provide food for the people. Emotional matters are gaining importance in the country. The innocent are being misled. This trend is over and we wait till then. Will do,” he said. Leader of Opposition Siddaramaiah said: “We believe in Hinduism and give equal respect to other religions. We don’t mind teaching Bhagavad Gita, Bible or Quran to children. But, quality education should be given to children.” ”