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Haryana School Curriculum is likely to include Religious Texts to emphasise on Moral Education

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12

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  • The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from all religion
  • Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12
  • The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in school curriculum

In the curriculum of Government schools of Haryana, text from the various religions will be included. The subject of moral education which includes religious texts from ‘Bhagavad Gita’ (Hindu religion), ‘Quran’ (Islam), the ‘Bible’ (Christianity) and ‘Guru Granth Sahib’ (Sikhism) will be introduced at a programme to be held in the Kurukshetra University auditorium on July 5.

Ram Vilas Paswan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Ram Vilas Paswan. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Haryana Education Minister Ram Bilas Sharma said moral education would be introduced as a subject for students from class 6 to class 12.

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“All religions focus on character building. Texts such as Bhagavad Gita, Quran, the Bible and Guru Granth Sahib have been incorporated into the curriculum. Different textbooks would be prescribed for each class,” Mr Sharma said in a statement.

“The state government has prepared the curriculum in collaboration with social organisations and educationists.”

Mr Sharma held a meeting with senior officials of education and allied departments regarding preparations for the introduction of the subject on Saturday, July 1.

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The Haryana government had faced criticism last year when it announced to include texts from the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ in the school curriculum. The opposition Congress termed it an attempt to saffronize education.

Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
Manohar Lal Khattar. Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

The event to launch the texts in school curriculum will be attended by Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki, Himachal Pradesh Governor Acharya Dev Vrat, Gita scholar Swami Gyananand, Acharya Balkrishna from Patanjali Vidyapeeth and ministers from the centre and state government.

With Haryana CM Manohar Lal Khattar, earlier RSS worker, Haryana has BJP government since October 2014. (IANS)

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  • Pragya Jha

    A good initiative by Haryana government to inculcate moral values in the students.

  • Aparna Gupta

    Its good to provide religious education in the schools. But there should be no partiality with any religion.

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Calls for Quran Test of Indonesian Presidential Candidates Faces Criticism By Muslim Scholars

The invitation that was sent to both presidential candidates asks them to read Al-Fatiha (the first surah in Quran) and then another surah that will be determined by the organizer.

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A man reads the Koran at Istiqlal mosque in Jakarta, July 24, 2012. VOA

A recent call for a Quran test in Aceh province for Indonesian presidential candidates is facing strong criticism by Muslim scholars, who say the move would undermine racial unity.

On Saturday, the Council of Preachers Association in Aceh sent an invitation to both presidential candidates in the April 2019 vote — incumbent Joko Widodo and opponent Prabowo Subianto — to attend a Quran recitation test in the capital of Aceh province on January 15. The chairman of that council, Marsyuddin Ishak, told VOA that the test is important to reveal the true image of the presidential candidates as well as continue a tradition in their province, the only one that implement the Sharia-law in Indonesia.

Quran recitation is a requirement to compete in local elections in Aceh.

” Our leaders in here — the governor, the member of parliament and other councils — are all tested to read the Quran. The next president will be our leader too, so we want to know their capability in reading Quran as our local leaders in here,” said Marsyuddin.

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Indonesian President Joko Widodo, center right, walks and his running mate Ma’ruf Amin during a ceremony marking the kick off of the campaign period for next year’s election in Jakarta, Sept. 23, 2018. VOA

However, former president of Syarif Hidayatullah State Islamic University in Jakarta, Dr. Komaruddin Hidayat, told VOA that the test is unnecessary and exaggerates the importance of religion.

“I really regret it. Our lives must be based on a constitution. Understanding and learning more about our religion is important, but it doesn’t mean that we fail our live if we can’t read the Quran,” he said.

“Religion never became the standard to graduate from school or to get a job. I give you another example : if we want to test an airplane pilot, we test his knowledge on the airplane not about his ability to read the Quran. The same case with the presidential election.”

He adds that it’s better if any test was based on the candidates’ sensitivity to people of different religions and how will he fight for the rights of minorities.

Dr. Rumadi Ahmad, an official with the country’s largest Muslim organization Nahdlatul Ulama, told VOA that the Quran recitation test is a clear example of politicizing religion.

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A worker looks checks printing paper for the Koran near the Sunan Ampel mosque in Surabaya, Indonesia East Java province, July 27, 2011. VOA

“This is an exaggeration of religion in politics. We don’t have to use the capability to read the Quran as an issue in the coming election. This is a clear tendency to politicize religion. It’s dangerous and will arouse hatred among people of various races and religions in the country,” said Rumadi.

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The invitation that was sent to both presidential candidates asks them to read Al-Fatiha (the first surah in Quran) and then another surah that will be determined by the organizer.

According to Marsyuddin Ishak, Joko Widodo’s team has replied to the invitation by saying that they will consider it and discuss it further. Prabowo has not replied. (VOA)