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By Yajush Gupta

Crumble the thought! It’s unconstitutional. What about secularism? what about article 15 and 25 of the Indian constitution? Is it not forcing religion on fragile minds of children?

And most importantly , Is it lawful?

These are just the kind of questions that come to mind.

Before we answer these questions, let’s decipher the Article 25 of the Indian Constitution. Law is about how we interpret it. And article 25 is perhaps, the most misinterpreted article in the Indian constitution. It guarantees the freedom to follow any religion and propagate it,yet this freedom comes with a responsibility to ensure that the public order,morality and health are not compromised in the process.

Now the important question is, does including Gita as part of school curriculum serve any purpose? Can it help the youth to develop into something better?

Haryana chief minister, Manohar Lal Khattar already decided to introduce Bhagavad Gita in schools last year. The proposed notion has been strongly misunderstood by many. It is important to understand the purpose, more like an offering for morality and spirituality.

If only we understand, Bhagwad Gita to be the eternal message of spiritual wisdom, from one of the most ancient Indian text, rather than a religious book. If we desperately want to preserve our vast culture and literature,and promise a better future for ourselves, how is it unfair? Also to study history of ancient India, it is necessary to study the Gita, simultaneously making sure to not harm the belief of any religious group, so as to grasp a better understanding of our countries ancient past.

Can there be a midway approach, so that no sentiments are hurt?

If the content to be taught is meticulously arranged,which can actually offer the students with values and truthfulness, unbiased to any religion, it would define the true meaning of education. The motto is not to preach any religion but to inculcate non-material knowledge into little minds so that roots are still bridged together with our rich ancient culture.
The scope of education and knowledge would be limitless. I mean, This is what education is about! Right?

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  • sudheer naik

    The teachings of Bhagwad Gita to students improves positive mindset.Students can know the difference between what is right to do and not to do.

  • Annesha Das Gupta

    Let’s see. As far as I can see, the decision is drowned up to its neck in power politics and playing the ‘majority card’. By saying ‘majority’, I mean, the largest or perhaps most wide spread religion in this world, will have to be Hinduism. Oh, just consider the population of our country. We already have Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata in our middle-school curriculum ( including the English-mediums) and which preach what? True education? Misogynistic customs like Ram asking to Sita to give a ‘Agni Pariksha’ to prove her purity (read virginity) and the level of casteism in Mahabharata, don’t make me even start on it. Why there is no decision regarding implementation of Quran or Bible? Well, because you say it is a decision taken to foster morality and spirituality. But I say what about science, rationale and Atheism?

    • Yajush Gupta

      Okay, to begin with “the largest or perhaps most wide spread religion in this world, will have to be Hinduism”. Seriously? to the best of my knowledge, India is the only Hindu country on the globe,meaning, not more than 15 % of the world population is Hindu. And what’s wrong with introducing a book of spirituality in the school curriculum? I mean, we have no problem in reading a bible, at a convent.

      Mahabharata and Ramayana are “Sanskrit epics” ! They were never meant to preach anything, not at least morality. You can’t judge an epic war tale ! It’s like reading Ben-Hur to learn something from it ! And lastly the majority card? we are a secular nation. It’s the minority card that works wonders here.

  • Yajush Gupta

    Okay, to begin with “the largest or perhaps most wide spread religion in this world, will have to be Hinduism”. Seriously? to the best of my knowledge, India is the only Hindu country on the globe.
    meaning, not more than 15 % of the world population is hindu. And what’s wrong with introducing a book of spirituality in the school curriculum? I mean, we have no problem in reading a bible, if you ever have studied in a convent.
    More over MAHABHARATA AND RAMAYANA ARE SANSKRIT EPICS. They were never meant to preach anything, not at least morality. You can’t judge an epic war tale ! It’s like reading Ben-hur to learn something from it ! And lastly the majority card? we are a secular nation. It’s the minority card that works wonders here.

  • Pashchiema Bhatia

    Do not forget that even before court of law one has to swear by Geeta and not by Mahabharata or Ramayana or Bible. Bhagwad Geeta is not any religious or historical novel. The doctrine of Bhagwad Geeta guides humans to follow the path of truth and mankind.

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  • sudheer naik

    The teachings of Bhagwad Gita to students improves positive mindset.Students can know the difference between what is right to do and not to do.

  • Annesha Das Gupta

    Let’s see. As far as I can see, the decision is drowned up to its neck in power politics and playing the ‘majority card’. By saying ‘majority’, I mean, the largest or perhaps most wide spread religion in this world, will have to be Hinduism. Oh, just consider the population of our country. We already have Hindu epics like Ramayana and Mahabharata in our middle-school curriculum ( including the English-mediums) and which preach what? True education? Misogynistic customs like Ram asking to Sita to give a ‘Agni Pariksha’ to prove her purity (read virginity) and the level of casteism in Mahabharata, don’t make me even start on it. Why there is no decision regarding implementation of Quran or Bible? Well, because you say it is a decision taken to foster morality and spirituality. But I say what about science, rationale and Atheism?

    • Yajush Gupta

      Okay, to begin with “the largest or perhaps most wide spread religion in this world, will have to be Hinduism”. Seriously? to the best of my knowledge, India is the only Hindu country on the globe,meaning, not more than 15 % of the world population is Hindu. And what’s wrong with introducing a book of spirituality in the school curriculum? I mean, we have no problem in reading a bible, at a convent.

      Mahabharata and Ramayana are “Sanskrit epics” ! They were never meant to preach anything, not at least morality. You can’t judge an epic war tale ! It’s like reading Ben-Hur to learn something from it ! And lastly the majority card? we are a secular nation. It’s the minority card that works wonders here.

  • Yajush Gupta

    Okay, to begin with “the largest or perhaps most wide spread religion in this world, will have to be Hinduism”. Seriously? to the best of my knowledge, India is the only Hindu country on the globe.
    meaning, not more than 15 % of the world population is hindu. And what’s wrong with introducing a book of spirituality in the school curriculum? I mean, we have no problem in reading a bible, if you ever have studied in a convent.
    More over MAHABHARATA AND RAMAYANA ARE SANSKRIT EPICS. They were never meant to preach anything, not at least morality. You can’t judge an epic war tale ! It’s like reading Ben-hur to learn something from it ! And lastly the majority card? we are a secular nation. It’s the minority card that works wonders here.

  • Pashchiema Bhatia

    Do not forget that even before court of law one has to swear by Geeta and not by Mahabharata or Ramayana or Bible. Bhagwad Geeta is not any religious or historical novel. The doctrine of Bhagwad Geeta guides humans to follow the path of truth and mankind.

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Number of Indians Studying in the U.S. Surpassed 2 Lakh

Indians studying in the USA Keeps Growing in Number

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The number of Indians studying in the US increased by almost three per cent over the last year to 202, 014, – the sixth consecutive year marking such growth.

According to the 2019 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange released on Monday, Indians make up over 18% of all international students in the United States.

India provided the second highest number of graduate students and jumped up to third place in undergraduates, it said.

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Speaking at the United States India Educational Foundation (USIEF), the Embassy’s Minister Counselor for Consular Affairs Charisse Phillips said, “Student exchanges between our two countries help strengthen the foundation upon which our strategic partnership is built. Indian students are looking for a great education and the United States offers the best return on this investment.”

In 2018-19, US colleges and universities hosted more than one million international students for the fourth consecutive year. The total number of international students expanded for the thirteenth consecutive year.

The top places of origin for international students studying in the United States were China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Vietnam, Taiwan, Japan, Brazil and Mexico. The top host states were California, New York, Texas, Massachusetts, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, Michigan and Indiana.

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Open Doors is published by the Institute of International Education (IIE), which has conducted an annual statistical survey on international students in the United States since its founding in 1919 and in partnership with the US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs since 1972.

EducationUSA is a US Department of State network of over 430 international student advising centres in 178 countries and territories. EducationUSA is the official source on US higher education. In India there are 7 EducationUSA advising centers.

USIEF hosts centres in New Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata. The centre in Bengaluru is hosted by Yashna Trust and the one Ahmedabad is hosted by IAES. (IANS)