New Delhi: Influential TMC MP Mahua Moitra on Thursday ridiculed the BJP when a senior minister in Karnataka said that the holy Hindu scripture Bhagavad Gita is not a religious book like the Quran.
The TMC MP announced on Twitter that she would take a copy of the Bhagavad Gita to the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting when DoT officials would be called to appear before it next time. The TMC MP from Krishnanagar in his latest tweet termed the holy book as “clearly essential reading material”.
I am taking my copy of the Gita to the Parliamentary Standing Committee meeting when DoT officials are called to testify next time.
Interestingly, Mahua Moitra also tagged senior Congress leader Karti Chidambaram, DMK MP Dr Thamizachi Thangapandiyan and Kerala Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who had supported her during the Devi Kali remark controversy.
Moitra’s latest tweet also comes in the wake of a decision taken by the Karnataka government to include the teachings of the Bhagavad Gita in schools and colleges from December, which has sparked debate.
It is worth noting that Karnataka Education Minister BC Nagesh had said that “The Quran is a religious book and the Bhagavad Gita is not a religious book. The Gita does not talk about the worship of God or any religious practice. It talks about morality, that inspires.” students too.”
Primary and Secondary Education Minister BC Nagesh said, “We know that freedom fighters also got inspiration from Gita to fight for freedom.” Responding to a question by MK Pranesh (BJP) in the Legislative Council, he said, “We dropped the proposal to teach Bhagavad Gita as a separate subject, but included its teachings as part of moral education.”
Speaking in the Assembly on Monday, Nagesh said that teachings from holy Hindu scriptures would be a part of the ‘moral education’ curriculum. “The government has no proposal to teach ‘Bhagavad Gita’ to students with the current syllabus,” he said.
He said that the government has already appointed an expert committee and based on the recommendations and suggestions of various stakeholders, teaching of Gita will be done in classes from December.