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Mar 10, 2010 at 10:43am IST

MP CM wants Gita in school curricula

Bhopal: First it was sun worship and yoga in government schools and now the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has made it a mission to introduce the Bhagavad Gita in school curricula.

“I had met swami Arganad and there this thought had come why not introduce the Bhagwad Gita as a moral science subject. I am very seriously contemplating on this,” said Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.

Proponents call it an inspired plan. Chouhan critics call it yet another step by the BJP to saffronise schools.

"The Shivraj Singh led government wants to do everything that will annoy the minorities. That is their aim,” said Congress MLA Arif Aqueel.

Students feel that they may not be old enough understand all that the Gita teaches, but they certainly seem to be mirroring the government's enthusiasm.

Chauhan himself defends the move saying "Any Good thing that can be there in any human being is written in the Bhagwad Gita”.

But Chouhan will find it hard to answer the counter point from Congress MLA Arif Aqueel.

“I don't have any problem with introduction of the Bhagwad Gita but than why not the Quran, the Bible or the Guru Grant Sahib?,” said Arif Aqueel, Congress MLA.

The Chief Minister though assures that the Gita will not be introduced in syllabus in haste. But it’s surely a move that will please RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat, who recently announced in Bhopal, that non-Hindus cannot be Indians.