If I Were a Dictator, I Would Introduce Gita in Class One: SC Judge
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Supreme Court judge Justice A R Dave today said that Indians should revert to their ancient traditions, and texts such as Mahabharata and Bhagwad Gita should be introduced to children at an early age.

"Our old tradition such as 'Guru Shishya parampara' is lost, if it had been there, we would not have had all these problems (violence and terrorism) in our country," Justice Dave said, speaking at an international conference on `contemporary issues and challenges of human rights in the era of globalisation' here.

"Now we see terrorism in countries. Most of the countries are democratic....If everybody in a democratic country is good then they would naturally elect somebody who is very good. And that person will never think of damaging anybody else," he said.

"So by bringing (out) all the good things in each and every human being, we can stop the violence everywhere. And for that purpose we have to go back to our own things again."

The conference had been organised by Gujarat Law Society (GLS).

The judge also proposed that Bhagwad Gita and Mahabharata should be introduced to students from the first standard.

"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," Justice Dave said.

Chief justice of the Bombay High Court, Justice Mohit Shah, said `development for all' should be the core value behind the idea of globalisation.

"The concept of global village does not mean everybody just thinking of the world, but it should also be expanding of functions of development for all....If we don't share the profits of globalisation, the benefits of globalisation, it would be raising serious challenges," he said.

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Aug 12, 2014
12:12 AM

"Emperor Akbar practiced religious tolerance..."

Apart from Akbar and Ashoka, our succus know no other Indian king.

Akash Verma, Chennai
Aug 11, 2014
11:50 PM

Misunderstanding secularism

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Beyond Gandhi’s contribution, going further back in time, Emperor Akbar practiced religious tolerance. During his rule, Islam had a limited place in the state apparatus, in which several communities other than the Muslims participated. This modus operandi was already in existence under the reign of Ashoka. While he worked for the glory of Buddhism with the fervour of a new convert, this emperor also advocated coexistence of religions and mutual respect.

Like Justice Dave, these architects of Indian secularism thought that they had “to get good things from everywhere”, including the Gita, the Quran, the Bible, etc. For them, the question of teaching one religion alone never arose. The fact that it does today is revealing of the way Hindu majoritarianism is gaining momentum. This view clearly contradicts the Constitution because it implies the non-recognition of all religions on an equal footing.


Anwaar, Dallas
Aug 06, 2014
07:16 AM

>> As long as there is democracy schools will be free of texts like Gita.

No. Gita shall still be taught in some private schools.

It shall be tough to introduce it in govt funded schools though, unlike Koran and Bible, etc., which can be taught in govt funded schools.

Whats InAName
San Francisco, United States
Aug 05, 2014
08:45 PM

Both good and bad in this news. Bad news is lack of requisit qualification of a supreme court judge. Any person has right to his/her view. Judge Dave points to the defficient selection process in the judiciary.

Good news that, this judge himself admitted, that bringing hindu scripture in schools would require dictorship. As long as there is democracy schools will be free of texts like Gita. 

Rajesh, Phoenix
Aug 05, 2014
06:06 AM

Class I is actually a nice age to brainwash kids into believing ANY utter garbage ( and the religionists know that very well )

Misogynist, Chennai
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