A private member’s bill that seeks to make the Bhagavad Gita compulsory reading in schools and recommends de-recognising institutes that do not follow suit may come up for discussion in the next session of Parliament.
“The noble thoughts and teaching of the Bhagavad Gita will make the younger generation better citizens and enrich their personality,” the bill moved by Bharatiya Janata Party Member of Parliament Ramesh Bidhuri said.
The bill, called the Compulsory Teaching Of Bhagavad Gita As a Moral Education Text Book In Educational Institutions Bill, 2016, stated every educational institution should “compulsorily” teach the Gita as moral education, but said it did not apply to minority schools.
Bidhuri said in the bill, introduced in Lok Sabha in March, that it was time “sincere efforts” were made to spread the teachings of the Gita.
“It is highly deplorable that such literature containing infinite teachings for all age groups is neglected by our educational institutions,” Bidhuri said.
Earlier in 2014, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had raised eyebrows when she vociferously sought national scripture status for the Bhagavad Gita.