The Chief Minister of Haryana, Mr. Khattar, has said in a meeting of the Bharat Vikas Parishad on Sunday that verses of the Gita will be made compulsory in all schools in Haryana.
I am totally opposed to this move, as it is against secularism prescribed by our Constitution.
In my opinion Gita, Mahabharat or Ramayana should not be made compulsory in schools. In a country of such diversity as ours, nothing of this kind should be compelled or imposed, as that is against our nation’s secular feature and the Constitution.
Muslims and Christians may not want their children to be taught these books, and hence their children should not be forced to read them.
The Chief Minister said that Gita shows 'the right direction to society'. But Muslims may say that only the Quran shows the right direction, Christians may say that only the Bible shows the right direction, Sikhs may say that only the Guru Granth Saheb shows it, Parsis may say only the Zend Avesta shows it, etc,
In my opinion such compulsion or imposition will do great harm to the unity of the country.