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Come for Gita lessons or leave India: Kageri

Published on 21 Jul. 2011 1:20 AM IST
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A recent circular issued by the Karnataka government to schools has asked teachers to allocate three hours, every week, for lessons on the Bhagwad Gita.
And now, over 8,600 minority schools in the State are upset. Adding fuel to the fire was Education Minister Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri’s comment that protestors against the Gita classes should ‘leave the country’.
“Only those who want to promote religious ideologies of foreign countries are protesting the Bhagwad Gita classes. If they want to promote their ideologies, they have no place in this country. They should leave,” Kageri said. The minority schools have petitioned to the State Governor on Tuesday to remove Kageri from his post, the Asian Age reported on Wednesday.
“It’s unconstitutional. It’s a breach of the oath he’s taken. We’ve asked the governor to dismiss him,” Minorities Institutions’ Federation Chairman C.R. Mohammed Imtiaz said.
The state government has now dismissed the controversy, with spokesperson S. Prakash saying: “Some motivated people are trying to create a controversy… It’s not a government programme. It’s a programme by a private mutt. The government has only said to make it available one hour for.”
The circular has now been retracted and now the order is that attendance to these classes are not mandatory.
“Tomorrow someone will want to teach the Quran and the Bible. If religious books are for studying in school, what’s the fate of students?” said CR Mohammed Imtiaz. The High Court takes up the case on Thursday.

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