Nevada (US), Sept 25 (ANI): Hindus say that they support the demand for religious instruction in Bulgaria schools as long as the curriculum provides equal treatment to all the world's 12 classical religions and atheism.
There was a reported demonstration and procession in capital Sofia on September 24 demanding compulsory religious instruction in country's schools.
Eminent Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that as religion was the most powerful force in human society, so we should take it seriously and provide its broader and more inclusive understanding in schools. Moreover, prevalence of different religions was a positive sign of God's generosity.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that Bulgaria should come up with a comparative religion class teaching basics of all major world religions, including the viewpoint of non-believers.
Rajan Zed argued that opening-up the Bulgaria children to major world religions and non-believers' viewpoint would make them well-nurtured, well-balanced, and enlightened citizens of tomorrow. It also made a good business sense to know the beliefs of "others" in a global community. Moreover, students should have knowledge of the entire society to become its full participants.
Bulgaria is known for its long sandy Black Sea Coast, multicolored monasteries, footballer Hristo Stoichkov, poet Peyo Yavorov, etc. Georgi Parvanov is President and Boiko Borisov is Prime Minister of Bulgaria, which boasts of nine UNESCO World Heritage Sites. (ANI)