Chandigarh: The BJP government in Haryana will introduce the teaching of ‘Bhagavad Gita‘, a Hindu scripture, in school curriculum from the new academic session this year, said Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Sunday.
Khattar said: “Students in schools will be taught shlokas of the Bhagwad Gita from the new academic session.”
The Haryana government had on Saturday announced that it will bring in a legislation in the ongoing budget session against cow slaughter that prohibits sale of beef in any form in the state.
INLD general secretary RS Chaudhary had said: “The government should not make the Gita compulsory.”
The Congress, too, questioned the BJP’s motive behind the move. Haryana decided to introduce the Gita in school curriculum after RSS ideologue Dinanath Batra was inducted into a committee to advise the state to improve education. Highlighting the priorities and achievements of his government during the last five months, Haryana Chief Minister said his government was facing a huge task eradicating corruption.
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda had said that the BJP government was trying to push its Hindutva agenda.
“The Bhagavad Gita belongs to all and no party can lay claim over it,” Hooda had said.
Kurukshetra, the battlefield described in the mythological epic ‘Mahabharata’ and where the sermon of ‘Bhagavad Gita’ was given by Lord Krishna to Pandava warrior Arjun, is located in Haryana.