On Tuesday, a BJP MLA urged that the Maharashtra government, led by the Shiv Sena, include a portion of the Bhagavad Gita in the state’s school curriculum, claiming that it is not only a religious text but also “the essence of life.” Mangal Prabhat Lodha, a BJP MLA, made this demand in the Lower House by raising a point of information.
“Last week, the minister of education talked about making revisions to textbooks…
The Shrimad Bhagavad Gita is a holy text that also contains the essence of life. It is being implemented in schools all over India.
Will the government make it a part of the educational curriculum? Mr. Lodha urged that the government “include a ‘day’ (chapter) on Bhagavad Gita in Maharashtra’s educational system.”
“Shrimad Bhagwad Gita should be taught in Maharashtra educational textbooks, urged in the legislature today,” he subsequently tweeted. Notably, the BJP-led Gujarat government announced on Thursday that the Bhagavad Gita will be included in school curricula for Classes 6 to 12 beginning in the academic year 2022-23, while the Karnataka government stated that a decision on including the Bhagavad Gita in school curricula will be made after discussions.
Varsha Gaikwad, the Maharashtra School Education Minister, announced in the Assembly on Monday that integrated and bilingual textbooks for Class 1 children in Marathi medium schools would be introduced in the coming academic year.