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JABALPUR: Madhya Pradesh’s BJP-run government has ordered state-funded schools and even madrassas to introduce stories from the Bhagwad Gita in junior classes, triggering a storm in the Muslim community. Minority leaders on Monday accused the Shivraj Singh Chouhan government of saffronizing Islamic centres of learning.
The government order of August 1 dictates a “chapter on Bhagwad Gita should be included in the textbook of general Hindi for Class III and IV, special English and special Urdu for Class 1 and II for the 2013-14 academic session”.
State minister for minority welfare Ajay Vishnoi said introducing students to Hindu religious texts wasn’t new and that madrassas have taught content from the Gita for two years. “Nobody noticed or made an issue out of it. Now, with elections barely four months away, critics have raked up a controversy to vitiate the atmosphere,” he said