What he said?
Parmeswaran, who is a director of pro-RSS cultural forum Bharatiya Vichara Kendram said that Gita had always been a solution to the fast deteriorating value systems all over the world and has had profoundly influenced India over centuries. "It is a treasure house of knowledge for any fertile mind and its influence is eternal. Mahatma Gandhi figuratively called Gita his Mother and he said whenever he felt confusion and sorrow, he had taken refuge in Gita. Gita has influenced decisively our freedom struggle", RSS ideologue said.
He assertively said that even original copy of the Indian constitution has a picture of "Gitopadesha" inscribed on it then the book approved by the constitution, if taught, how it becomes unconstitutional," Parmeswaran asked.
Justice A R Dave's statement
Giving the reason that religious books like Mahabharat and Bhagwat Gita would be a great help in curbing violence and terrorism, Justice Dave said that right from very early stage in life the children should be exposed with these books.
"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," Dave had said while speaking at an international conference in Ahmedabad on Saturday.
Political party reacted sharply
Slamming Judge for his remark, Congress spokesperson Rashid Alvi said, "Logics are missing in Dave's statement. Class I students don't even know how to read".
The BJP on the other hand supported Dave. The BJP leader Nalin Kohli said that all statements mustn't be seen with the prism of religion. Another leader Yogi Adityanath said that these ancient epics impart good moral value and should be introduced. 'Such statements shouldn't be seen from communal aspect", Adityanath said.
In 2013, MP Govt faced criticism
Last year when the Madhya Pradesh government had decided to teach the Bhagavad Gita to students of Class 1 and 2 in its Urdu-medium schools, it was vociferously opposed. Critics had termed this as an attempt to saffronise the whole education system. But State Education Minister Archna Chitnis said that only some threads from Gita had been included in curriculum. And the aim was to instill a sense of duty, responsibility, obedience and love among students through the teaching of the holy text.
Gita study is mandatory in US University, why not in India?
The big question is when the study of Bhagavad Gita is compulsory in Seton Hall University in New Jersey where one-third of students are non-Christian, why not in India?
In 2008 this US University had made Gita study mandatory.When asked, will this be a feasible idea, AD Amar who is professor of strategy and policy in university said, "American students will find the Gita rather difficult to navigate due to cultural barriers and a lack of context. But they are all fascinated by India, and being keen to learn, they will be interested".
So, it's nothing wrong if Gita be declared as a national book. When foreign country can give so much importance to our ancient epics why India can't do the same?Gita is not only Hindu's epic; it is revered scripture of whole country. It will be a matter of great proud for each and every citizen of the country if Gita be declared a national book. But along with Gita some other books like Guru Granth Sahib should also be declared as a national book.