Hindu holy book: Mandatory in MP govt schools?

August 9, 2013 by  
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Hindu holy book made mandatoryMadhya Pradesh, August 07, 2013: Leaders of the Muslim community and other minority communities in the State have accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of trying to ‘Hinduise’ centres of education.

Reading of the Bhagawat Gita, a Hindu religious book of poems, has been made mandatory for all State institutions and madrassas (Islamic schools) in Madhya Pradesh from academic year 2013-14 by the State’s Hindu fundamentalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government.

Leaders of the Muslim community and other minority communities in the State have accused Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan of trying to ‘Hinduise’ centres of education.

Archbishop Leo Cornelio of Bhopal said the move was primarily political, “With the state elections due by end 2013 and national elections in May 2014, the BJP is doing everything to appease the most radical Hindu elements, so as to ensure a more solid electorate.”

The amendment to the anti-conversion law, pending presidential assent, has been brought for the same purpose. In theory, such measures are meant to prohibit conversions ‘made by force or money’.

“However, these laws are exploited to persecute minorities, producing false accusations of ‘forced conversions’. The Church has repeatedly stated that a transition from one religion to another is not valid if it comes about through coercion or corruption,” the archbishop said.

– asianews

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