INTERVIEW | Ganeshotsava in schools no religious issue: BC Nagesh


Express press service

In the run up to the 2023 Assembly elections, the state has witnessed a series of problems in different areas, with the education sector experiencing a storm of “controversies”, from the revision of textbooks to government allowing “Ganeshotsava” in schools and colleges. In an interview with TNSE, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, BC Nagesh said, “Whenever the BJP comes to power and tries to teach nationalism and patriotism to students, there are forces against it. “. Excerpts:

Whether it is the ‘hijab’ or textbooks or Ganeshotsava, it is the education sector that suffers. Why?
Whenever the BJP comes to power and tries to teach nationalism and patriotism to students, there are forces against it. Some poets raked in an issue by former Textbook Review Committee Chairman Rohit Chakratirta, who posted a distorted version of “Nadageethe” on social media a few years ago. But they had no problem with Baraguru Ramachandrappa twisting the ‘Rastrageethe’ with his own annotations. It’s double standards because they want to oppose the government to oppose. But whenever the BJP came to power, the state received good rains and the farmers are happy as they also receive Rs 10,000 including Rs 6,000 from the Centre.

But after the issue was raised, you revised the manuals…
There were small mistakes made by the Chakratirtha Committee which have been corrected. Still, lies spread that the chapter on Narayanaguru was deleted. But we just moved it from social studies to kannada to ease the burden on teachers as they complained.

Now Ganeshotsava has become a problem because you have allowed it to be celebrated in schools…
Ganeshotsava is not a problem, but the so-called laymen always create problems. In 1893, Balagangadharanatha Tilak introduced the Gangesha festival into the social sphere as part of the nationalist movement. This was to unite Indian society to fight against the British and in a similar exercise, Saraswathi pooja was also celebrated in schools before independence.

Now BJP-backed Wakf Board chairman Shafi Saadi wants Eid Milad and namaz allowed in schools…
Everyone has the freedom to express their demands, but it is the government that decides. Even if Hindus wish, religious practices like Ayyappa puja and Ugadi cannot be allowed in schools. The court clarified this and the Education Act of Karnataka also does not allow such religious practices.

The VD Savarkar problem has arisen now …
Savarkar was a great man whose whole family sacrificed for independence. If someone chooses to put their picture on posters, the government has nothing to do with it. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah is expected to explain why Savarkar posters cannot be displayed in “Muslim areas”. Are they all their private property?

Will these issues negatively affect the BJP in the polls?
No way. The BJP has always ruled for the welfare of the people. Leaders like Shyam Prasad Mukherjee and Deendayal Upadhyaya had envisioned “antyodaya” or the welfare of the last person in society. We do not create programs to win surveys.

What was the reason for the ordinance making the national anthem compulsory in schools?
Some educational institutions, which have minority status, did not follow the rules. If they break the rules, we know how to deal with them as per the provisions of Karnataka Education Act.

But the department had no money for students’ shoes and socks.
It is wrong to say that, because we have already given the orders. We said we were focusing on qualitative changes in education. We will spend Rs 46 crore on shoes and Rs 176 on ‘Kalika Chetarike’ and the latter is more important to us. We have also thought of organizing student transport.

What about egg distribution?
We have been distributing eggs to children for three months using central grants of Rs 40 crore. We take care of children’s health and nutrition in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision.

What will be the impact of the appointment of former CM BS Yediyurappa as a member of the central parliamentary office on the polls?
As a cadre-based party, the BJP runs on its organizational strength. Yediyurappa’s appointment is definitely an added bonus. For us, it’s routine.

In the run up to the 2023 Assembly elections, the state has witnessed a series of problems in different areas, with the education sector experiencing a storm of “controversies”, from the revision of textbooks to government allowing “Ganeshotsava” in schools and colleges. In an interview with TNSE, Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, BC Nagesh said, “Whenever the BJP comes to power and tries to teach nationalism and patriotism to students, there are forces against it. “. Excerpts: Whether it is the “hijab”, textbooks or Ganeshotsava, it is the education sector that is suffering. Why? Whenever the BJP comes to power and tries to teach nationalism and patriotism to students, there are forces against it. Some poets raked in an issue by former Textbook Review Committee Chairman Rohit Chakratirta, who posted a distorted version of “Nadageethe” on social media a few years ago. But they had no problem with Baraguru Ramachandrappa twisting the ‘Rastrageethe’ with his own annotations. It’s double standards because they want to oppose the government to oppose. But whenever the BJP came to power, the state received good rains and the farmers are happy as they also receive Rs 10,000 including Rs 6,000 from the Centre. But after the problem was raised, you revised the manuals… There were small errors made by the Chakratirtha committee which were corrected. Still, lies spread that the chapter on Narayanaguru was deleted. But we just moved it from social studies to kannada to ease the burden on teachers as they complained. Now Ganeshotsava has become a problem because you have allowed it to be celebrated in schools…Ganeshotsava is not a problem, but the so-called lay people always create problems. In 1893, Balagangadharanatha Tilak introduced the Gangesha festival into the social sphere as part of the nationalist movement. This was to unite Indian society to fight against the British and in a similar exercise, Saraswathi pooja was also celebrated in schools before independence. Now BJP-backed Wakf Board chairman Shafi Saadi wants Eid Milad and namaz allowed in schools… Everyone has freedom to make their demands, but the government decides . Even if Hindus wish, religious practices like Ayyappa puja and Ugadi cannot be allowed in schools. The court clarified this and the Education Act of Karnataka also does not allow such religious practices. The question of VD Savarkar has arisen now… Savarkar was a great man whose whole family sacrificed for Independence. If someone chooses to put their picture on posters, the government has nothing to do with it. Opposition leader Siddaramaiah is expected to explain why Savarkar posters cannot be displayed in “Muslim areas”. Are they all their private property? Will these issues negatively affect the BJP in the polls? No way. The BJP has always ruled for the welfare of the people. Leaders like Shyam Prasad Mukherjee and Deendayal Upadhyaya had envisioned “antyodaya” or the welfare of the last person in society. We do not create programs to win surveys. What was the reason for the ordinance making the national anthem compulsory in schools? Some educational institutions, which have minority status, did not follow the rules. If they break the rules, we know how to deal with them as per the provisions of Karnataka Education Act. But the department had no money for students’ shoes and socks. It is wrong to say that, because we have already given the orders. We said we were focusing on qualitative changes in education. We will spend Rs 46 crore on shoes and Rs 176 on ‘Kalika Chetarike’ and the latter is more important to us. We have also thought of organizing student transport. What about egg distribution? We have been distributing eggs to children for three months using central grants of Rs 40 crore. We take care of children’s health and nutrition in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision. What will be the impact of the appointment of former CM BS Yediyurappa as a member of the central parliamentary office on the polls? As a cadre-based party, the BJP runs on its organizational strength. Yediyurappa’s appointment is definitely an added bonus. For us, it’s routine.

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