Within days of forming the new government at the Centre headed by Narendra Modi of the Bharatiya Janata Party backed by the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh, different functionaries of the sangh parivar started giving out contradictory statements concerning the overhaul of the education system. While the general idea of ushering in traditional ethos in education and making it more spiritual was largely common to all government and non government players in the education field, the exact manner in which the changes should take place were at odds. First-time HRD Minister Smriti Irani herself gave out conflicting statements on whether or not the framework developed by the previous government would be retained or changed.
Her first statement that grabbed the headlines was not about improving the abysmal infrastructure in schools or ensuring universal education but it was about introducing ancient Hindu texts of Vedas, Upanishads and other epics in classrooms…
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