Hindustan Times (Jalandhar)

Teach stu­dents about all re­li­gions: Maneka

- Moushumi Das Gupta moushumi.gupta@hin­dus­tan­times.com

NEWDELHI: School stu­dents must be taught from six ma­jor re­li­gious texts – in­clud­ing the Gita, Qu­ran and Bi­ble – to in­cul­cate tol­er­ance for dif­fer­ent faiths, Union women and child devel­op­ment (WCD) min­is­ter Maneka Gandhi has said.

“These days, there is a lot of reli­gion-based ten­sion. One of the rea­sons is that chil­dren don’t know enough of other re­li­gions, and op­er­ate on blind ha­tred.

Teach­ing from scrip­tures of ma­jor re­li­gions such as Hin­duism, Jain­ism, Bud­dhism, Sikhism and Is­lam will help dis­pel re­li­gious stereo­types that stu­dents de­velop at a young age,” Gandhi said.

The Union min­is­ter, who raised the mat­ter at the Cen­tral Ad­vi­sory Board of Ed­u­ca­tion meet­ing on Mon­day, now plans to ask the hu­man re­source devel­op­ment (HRD) min­istry to con­duct classes on the six re­li­gious scrip­tures at least twice a week.

“How many of us have read our re­li­gious scrip­tures? I have read the Qu­ran.

How many of us know that Prophet Mo­hammed was an­ti­war? We were taught moral science dur­ing our school days, but it is not done any­more,” Gandhi said.

The Union min­is­ter also spoke on ways to reg­u­late playschool­s across the coun­try dur­ing the meet­ing.

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