Responding to Justice Dave's proposal, Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju said this was against India's secular feature and Constitution and would do it great harm.
Katju said, "I totally disagree with Justice Dave's statement that Gita and Mahabharat should 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 Constitution," he said in a statement.
He said Muslims and Christians may not want their children to be taught these books and questioned if their children yet be forced to read them.
"Some people say that Gita only teaches morality and has nothing to do with religion. But Muslims may say that only the Quran teaches morality, Christians may say that only the Bible teaches morality, Sikhs may say that only the Guru Granth Saheb teaches morality, Parsis may say only the Zend Avesta teaches morality, etc," he said.
In Mahabharat, Arjun was arguing against war with Lord Krishna. He said, "Many a young Sudra warriors will die. After war, their widowed women will cohabitate with upper varna men and have children. This will disturbance the orderliness in the society."
Will Justice Dave endorse this archaic opinion just because it is from Mahabharat? Class one students can't even read & write. How can you impose such burden on them?
If indeed he has said this, then that is completely wrong. Can you give religious education in schools and that too regarding one religion? It's given in our constitution that each religion has equal rights.
Earlier the chairman of Indian council of Historical Research said that the caste system worked well in ancient India. Should a sitting Supreme Court judge join the band wagon of such feudal elements?
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