State Government won't be distributing Bhagavad Gita in colleges?

Students organisations such as 'Chhatra Bharati Mumbai' and the 'Republican Vidyarthi Sena' were not happy with the state's move and made their discontent heard

State Government won't be distributing Bhagavad Gita in colleges?

The Maharashtra government had decided to distribute free copies of Hindu holy scripture Bhagavad Gita in colleges which are NAAC accredited. But, this decision was not welcomed by the opposition parties who protested against the same. After the protests, the state government might withdraw their decision.

Chhatra Bharati Mumbai president Sachin Bansode said that they met the Joint Director of Higher Education, Rohidas Kale and registered their strong sentiments in the matter. He said that the Joint Director categorically assured them that a fresh order will be issued on Friday.

On Wednesday, the Directorate of Education had issued a circular permitting the AC Bhaktivedanta group to distribute the Hindu holy book to select top 100 colleges in Mumbai. This very decision had sparked a huge political controversy.

During the Monsoon session in Nagpur, the major opposition political parties attacked Bharatiya Janata Party and Shiv Sena, questioning the need to introduce a religious element to academics.

Education Minister Vinod Tawde said that the state government can also allow distribution of the Bible or Quran in colleges. At the same time, he asked the opposition parties to clarify their stand on the Bhagavad Gita.
Meanwhile, among the student organisations, the Chhatra Bharati Mumbai and the Republican Vidyarthi Sena questioned the need of mixing religious books in the academic curriculum.

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