Karnataka education department too bats for Parents Worship Day on Feb. 14
After Chhattisgarh, now it the turn of the Karnataka education department (KED) to bat for Parents Worship Day on February 14. The KED has directed the commissioner of Collegiate Education and vice-chancellors of all universities in the state to observe 'Bhavanamana' in all colleges on the Valentine's Day.
A circular was sent yesterday only, referring to a note by the minister for higher education of the state, that students should be made aware of the Upanishadic verse and message Mathrudevo bhava, Pithrudevo bhava
- meaning 'treat mother and father as gods' - and February 14 be observed as Parents' Worship Day. Higher Education Minister, C.T. Ravi, stated that Karnataka
Government praises the concept of divine Valentine's day in the form of Parents Worship Day.
Parents' Worship Day will inculcate good manners among children, said Rajnath Singh, the BJP President. The right wing groups hold that Parents Worship Day is meant to celebrate the pure selfless bond between children and parents with the objective of creating a strong character and spirit of serving parents.
Sant Asaram Bapu has gone to the extent of saying that on this day the children should bow to their parents and parents should caress their children affectionately, who in turn should embrace their parents to foster true love.