Says Gita not a religious scripture, teaches a way of life

OUR STAFF REPORTER Bhopal

The Madhya Pradesh High Court, on Friday, said sacred scriptures Bhagwad Gita, is a book of Indian philosophy and teaches the way of

life. It is not merely a religious scripture. The HC dismissed a petition filed to challenge the state governments decision to incorporate lessons based on Bhagwad Gita.

A division bench of justices Ajit Singh and Sanjay Yadav dismissed public interest litigation ( PIL) filed by Catholic Bishop Councils spokesperson, Anand Mutangal.

Judges said Gita is not just a religious scripture, but ‘a way of life’, as it teaches morality and importance of maintaining social justice.

Recently, the government included alt145 Geeta Saaralt39as a lesson in school curriculum at higher secondary level.

The petitioner demanded to include other religious scriptures like Quran and Bible as well in the curriculum.

Earlier, the bench had granted two months time to petitioners counsel Rajesh Chandra to read Gita. On Fridays hearing, he said he read Gita but was unable to comprehend it in fully.

The bench then dismissed the petition, saying that Gita was not just a religious scripture, but a way of life.

The petition also noted, during inauguration or foundation laying ceremonies etc of government programmes, only Hindu religious prayers were recited.

The petitioner said, the practice went against the secular and democratic spirit of the nation and hence, an all religious prayers should be introduced where all the religions get equal representation. Further the petitioner, questioned the state governments practice of christening its welfare schemes after names associated with a particular religion citing names of some schemes like Vikramaditya Nishulk Shiksha Yojana, Surya Namaskar and Kapildhara Yojaya etc as instances.

The government actions were in violation of Article 28( 1& 2) ‘no religious instruction shall be provided in any educational institutions wholly maintained out of State Funds’. The Judges added ‘on reading clause one of article 28 we find that it does not ban moral instruction’.

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