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Decision to introduce Bhagavad Gita into school curriculum will be taken after discussion, says CM Bommai

New Delhi: A day after the Karnataka government hinted at introducing the Bhagavad Gita into the school curriculum, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Saturday that the decision on it would be made after discussions.

In response to a question on whether the southern state was considering the matter, CM Bommai, quoted by the PTI news agency, said: “It was done in Gujarat, our minister said he would discuss it. . Let’s see what details the education department will come out. »

Speaking to PTI reporters, Bommai said his government’s intention is to impart education and moral values ​​to children, and details can only be revealed after holding discussions.

When asked if the Bhagavad Gita would bring moral values ​​to children, the chief minister replied, “You tell me, if it is not the Bhagvad Gita, what else will bring moral values?”

Notably, BJP-ruled Gujarat had announced on Thursday that the Bhagavad Gita would be part of the school curriculum for grades 6-12 across the state from the 2022-23 school year.

Introducing the Bhagavad Gita as part of the curriculum, Gujarat Education Minister Jitu Vaghani quoted by ANI news agency as saying, “To include Indian culture and knowledge system in school education from the school year 2022-23, in the first phase, the values ​​and principles contained in the Bhagavad Gita are introduced in schools from grades 6 to 12 according to the understanding and interest of the children.

Following Gujarat’s decision, Karnataka’s Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, BC Nagesh, said on Friday that the state government would discuss with educators before taking any appeal in this regard.

As ANI reported, Nagesh said that the Holy Scriptures are not only for Hindus but are also a source of knowledge for others.

“The Bhagavad Gita is not only for Hindus, it is for everyone. If experts say it will definitely be introduced – not from this year but next year. We have to decide whether moral science should be introduced,” Nagesh said.

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