Now, education to make students more patriotic
From introducing military lessons in schools to compulsory hoisting of the national flag, education must help make students more patriotic than they are, a group of ministers have suggested to the country’s top education policy-making body.
Among their other suggestions are building more military-focused schools, teaching biographies of national heroes and making the singing of the national anthem mandatory for children to create an “ecosystem of morals, ethics and patriotism”.
The ideas were pushed by several central ministers as well as those from BJP-ruled states at a meeting of the Central Advisory Board of Education (CABE) on October 25. The minutes of the meeting were accessed by HT this week. CABE is the highest advisory body on education for central and state governments.
The suggestions echo an increasingly strident brand of nationalism whose rise has coincided with the election of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government two years ago. Many oppose this resurgent nativist wave as just a means to curb personal freedom and dissent.
In the October 25 meeting, Deepak Joshi, Madhya Pradesh’s Mo for school education, suggested that more Sainik schools be built than state-run Kendriya and Navodaya Vidyalayas because “nationalism and patriotism is need of the hour”.