Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister
Shivraj Singh Chouhan`s directive to introduce `Gita Saar` in
school curriculum has not gone down well, with the main
Opposition Congress terming it as an attempt to "saffronise"
the education system in the state.
Chouhan while reviewing the progress of the School
Education Department yesterday directed officials to include
`Gita Saar` from the Hindu holy epic Bhagvad Gita besides
stories of valour of the freedom fighters like Tantya Bheel
and Nayak Shankar Shah Raghunath Shah.
`Gita Saar` is a condensed form of the teachings in the
"The main agenda behind the move is to saffronise the
education system in the state. Schools are not meant for doing
`havans` and `Gita paath` and we will oppose the move
vociferously in the entire state," newly appointed Leader
of Opposition in Madhya Pradesh Assembly, Ajay Singh said.
The Christian community also seemed to be not pleased
with the move.
Archbishop of Bhopal, Father Leo Cornelio said, "The
directives to introduce Gita Saar in the school curriculum is
again an unnecessary interference on the part of the state
government in the education system."
"We are a secular country with mutli-religion culture.
Instead, it would have been better if the government
encompasses all good things of every religion in a moral
science book and introduce them in school curricula for the
development of a holistic society," he added.
Endorsing the view, Congress MLA Arif Aqueel said now
that the countdown for the BJP rule in the state has begun, it
has again indulged in doing all those things which suits its
"Why just Gita and why do they not include teachings of
other religions too. This proves that they are not secular,"
Earlier also they introduced Surya Namaskar in the
system as part of their saffron agenda, the Congress leader
Following opposition from minority institutions,
participation in the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation
exercise) was made voluntary by the government.
The minority community leaders opposed it on religious
grounds while the Opposition dismissed the event as a case
of misplaced priorities.
The Catholic Church went to the Madhya Pradesh High Court
bringing to its notice that the order of the state government
violates Section 25 to 30 of the Fundamental Rights of the
Constitution under which the minority institutions are