‘Why can’t Hinduism be taught in schools when religion is taught in Madrasas?’

Asks Swamy Avimukteshwaranand

Raipur, Apr 07: Head of Jyotish Peeth Shankaracharya Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati has called for amendment in education policy. When religious education can be imparted in madrasas and prayers can be held in Christian missionary schools, then why Hinduism cannot be taught in schools? he asked. It is not told in the schools how the ‘Aachaman’ will be done, how the Aarti will be done, he said in Raipur.
‘We do not want a Hindu Rashtra. We wish for Ram Rajya. The Hindu nation was also with Ravana and Kansa, but public were in trouble. If there was a most ideal state, it was Ram Rajya’, he said. According to him saints joining political parties cannot be called Hindu Mahatmas.
On the issue of ‘Hindu Rashtra’, Swami Avimukteshwaranand Saraswati said that those talking of it did not explain its format. ‘It is not decided what the form of Hindu Rashtra will be and what changes will this bring in our lives? That’s why when we don’t know what will happen in it, we neither support nor oppose it’, he said.
On the removal of the chapters of Mughals in NCERT books, he said ‘in earlier times, only Mughals except our kings were taught. Now it is equally wrong to remove it completely as much as earlier it was wrong to teach only Mughals’. According to him one has to remain neutral in the matter of history.

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