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Katju Objects to Justice Dave's Statement on Gita

Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju today objected to a Supreme Court judge's statement that Gita and Mahabharat should be taught in schools, saying this is against India's secular feature and Constitution and it will do great harm.

Supreme Court judge Justice A R Dave had yesterday said Indians should revert to their ancient traditions and texts such as Mahabharat and Bhagavad Gita and they should be introduced to children at an early age.

"Somebody who is very secular... So called secular will not agree... Had I been the dictator of India, I would have introduced Gita and Mahabharata in class one. That is the way you learn how to live life. I am sorry if somebody says I am secular or I am not secular. But if there is something good, we have to get it from anywhere," he had said in Ahmedabad.

Katju, a former Supreme Court judge, said, "I totally disagree with Justice Dave's statement that Gita and Mahabharat should be made compulsory in schools.

"In a country of such diversity as ours, nothing of this kind should be compelled or imposed, as that is against our nation's secular feature and Constitution," he said in a statement.

He said Muslims and Christians may not want their children to be taught these books and questioned if their children yet be forced to read them.

"Some people say that Gita only teaches morality and has nothing to do with religion. But Muslims may say that only the Quran teaches morality, Christians may say that only the Bible teaches morality, Sikhs may say that only the Guru Granth Saheb teaches morality, Parsis may say only the Zend Avesta teaches morality, etc," he said.

In his opinion, he said, such compulsion or imposition will do great harm to the unity of the country.

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10/D-88
Aug 04, 2014
07:11 PM

Our constitution applies only to a democratically elected leader.  If the election vanishes, so does the constitution. 

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
9/D-22
Aug 04, 2014
08:18 AM

"A judge who wishes he were a dictator! Shows amazing understanding of the Constitution he swore to uphold. " ...C M NAIM

Is it really THE C.M. Naim,  Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago, who has passed the above comment? If so, I am deeply disappointed with the celebrated professor of literature who interprets a comment literally and, unwittingly or otherwise, ignores the figurative aspect.

Do I have to remind the highly distinguished academic that a hypothetical comment is not a declaration of intent? "If I were in your shoes" does not mean that "I wish I were you."

Naim saheb, you too "show an amazing understanding" of idiomatic English, your highly impressive academic credentials notwithstanding.

D.L.Narayan
Visakhapatnam, India
8/D-17
Aug 04, 2014
03:57 AM

A judge who wishes he were a dictator! Shows amazing understanding of the Constitution he swore to uphold. 

C. M. Naim, Bara Banki
7/D-2
Aug 04, 2014
12:16 AM

Happy that Justice Katju has trashed Justice Dave for his nosense re: Geeta and Mahabharata on imparting moral lessons to Indians.

Those who have not or do not read these books too can be men and women of moral character. On the contrary let me ask: 

Kanchi Shankarachaya Joyendra Saraswati's involvement in murder and sexual escapade with film actress  is still fresh in public mind. Didn't he read Geeta & Mahabharata?

Swami Nrityanand has certainly read Geeta and Mahabharatal but he  has such disgraceful record about his sexual extravaganza.

Crown Court Croydon, UK convicted Ranganathan Somanathan, the Tamil Brahman priest of Hindu temple for raping and impregnnting a 29 year old woman. His plea was that the Tamil woman was wife of is previous life and on this pretext he raped her twice.

Was Geeta & Mahabharata not known to him?

Asharam Bapu teaches moral values but I don't need to  note his role known in public domain. These are some of the leeches known to public for their immoral activities.

In Texas, Prakashanand Saraswati, as Indian born in Ayodhya, has been convicted 280 years. He built an ashram there over 200 acres of land. His ashram built of white marbel resembles Taj Mahal. His was charged with sexual harassment of minor girls. After he was convicted for 280 years, this sex hungry bastard fled US to Mexico and then to India.

Why don't India arrest and throw him to US police?

However Justice Dave is right to his opinion. 

 

 

 

Adalit Speaks, NOIDA
6/D-114
Aug 03, 2014
11:09 PM

Most parents would agree that more you push your children towards religion, the more you push them away from the religion.  Past generations were different things.  Todays generation is different. 

P.B. Joshipura, Suffolk, Virginia
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