Rajasthan State Education Minister Vasudev Devnani made it clear that all the upper primary schools under Rajasthan Government need to keep the sacred book Gita in their libraries from the next academic session. It could be seen as another attempt to saffronize education in the country in through the government schools. The statement of the minister came at a function in Ajmer which coincided with Gita Divas.
According to the minister, “Gita is a book of guidance for all. I thing keeping it in libraries will be an opportunity for all students to read it and lead a balanced life.” Under the administration of the state government there are almost 13,000 schools in Rajasthan which have libraries and according to the latest orders all the schools need to have atleast one copy of Gita in their libraries.
Since his appointment as the Rajasthan Education Minister, Vasudev Devnani has been in news for all the wrong reasons. He has been a target for long by the media to impose saffronization in the education sector from the last year, when he was appointed to the position. Earlier this year the minister made Surya Namaskar compulsory for the students in the government schools. The matter was then challenged in court as there were many students from different caste and religion who have never performed Surya Namaskar before. As a result of the court case, Devnani retracted his decision and made the Surya Namaskar an optional practice for the schools to take up.