Mahesh Sharma: Ramayana, Mahabharta, Gita lessons in schools, colleges soon

Mahesh Sharma

NDA government’s plans to purify the country of cultural pollution and instil ‘values’ in the younger generations has been the talk of the town as schools and colleges would be given lectures on the Indian epics Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita etc as a part of NDA government plan. The minister of Culture and HRD were working on plan to teach students about India’s cultural values after detailed discussions at a meeting of Education and Culture. It must be noted that there were some talks that the government was supporting RSS ideology. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture opposed that and said, the government would not be discouraged by the criticism that it was trying to promote RSS ideology.

Mr Sharma was also of the opinion that, the students must be taught values, teachings of Ramayana, Mahabharata, Bhagavad Gita and others spiritual values and their caste, creed, religions must not come as hindrance etc. The minister also spoke about the influence a particular family had over the last 60 years on the Indian politics and said that the NDA government was determined to re-establish the cultural Heritage of India. He added that the thought process of that particular family was incorporated into the system.

To a query regarding whether the teachings of these epics would be taught in CBSE based schools, the minister replied that discussions were going on regarding this aspect. Mr Mahesh Sharma also said that people of India had given huge order to Mr Narendra Modi and there was nothing wrong in creating systemic changes.

Mr Sharma also talked about RSS ideology regarding whether it was anti-national or not, whether RSS ideology was correct or not etc. He also said that for last 40 years he was with the RSS ideology and said that they never talked on anti-national things. He spoke about the meaning of saffronisation and how the population of the country was responsible in the saffronisation. He also said that, the people of India knew well about RSS and BJP.

Mr Sharma also spoke about the refurbished Nehu Memmorial Library and Museum, NMLM, where the contributions of national leaders like Subhash Chandra Bose, Deen Dayal Upadhyay would be kept. He further said that major part of Culture Ministry’s annual budget of Rs 1500 crores would be used to renovate 39 famous institutions.

He spoke about the inefficiency of the previous government towards protecting values, culture and heritage and even spoke about promoting language like Sanskrit. He also expressed his opinion on having textbooks in mother tongue rather than in English. The minister also said that he was not against any language. He expressed his happiness over the fact that India’s diverse culture and heritage were highly appreciated by the European countries and people from these countries come to India and learn our culture.

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