Two days back Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh’s (RSS) Manmohan Vaidya had expressed his views on revamping India’s school education system and said that it should be based on “the ethos and history of our nation”.
Now, while speaking at Jaipur’s famous Literature Festival, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor too has expressed similar views and said that the Indian school should include the “Indian civilisational aspects” in their teachings.
Tharoor thinking though is a little bit different than that of Vidya’s.
Tharoor doesn’t want to “inject a particular political ideology” upon the children and is only looking to strengthen and enrich the education system with India’s cultural heritage.
While speaking on the topic of “Remembering the Raj”, Tharoor said,
“The British wanted to colonise the Indian mind. Whatever education was brought to India that was to further strengthen the Raj and to colonise our behaviour. It is sad that even after 70 years, though we study Shakespeare, we have not been teaching Kalidasa to our children.”
He thus expressed his approval in favour of the teaching of Ramayana and Mahabharata in schools, as long as it was only to teach “the civilizational aspect” of history and not a political one.
“I am very much in favour of having Ramayana and Mahabharata taught in our schools. This should be seen as enriching our education system with our cultural heritage.”