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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

GITA IN SCHOOLS SCANDAL: Attend Gita classes or leave India: Karnataka minister!

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Deepa Balakrishnan CNN-IBN / Updated Jul 20, 2011 at 02:18pm IST.

Bangalore: A circular issued by the Karnataka government has asked teachers to set aside three hours a week for classes on the Bhagwad Gita, which hasn't gone down well with the 8,600 minority schools in the State. Education Minister Vishveshwar Hegde Kageri said that any protestors against the Gita classes should leave the country.
"Only those who want to promote religious ideologies of foreign countries are protesting the Bhagwad Gita classes. If they want to promote their ideologies, they have no place in this country. They should leave," Kageri said.
The minority schools petitioned to the Governor on Tuesday to Kageri from his post.
Minorities Instiutions' Federation Chairman C R Mohammed Imtiaz said, "It's unconstitutional. It's a breach of the oath he's taken. We've asked the governor to dismiss him."
The Karnataka government now says that the Gita classes are not compulsory for all schools to implement.

01) I do not know to which school he has gone or gone at all;

02) He is only a Minister of a State, which is an integral part of India;

03) And that doesn't make him Sole-Proprietor of India and the Indian Constitution;

04)  To become a Minister, he has taken an oath of office & secrecy and also allegiance to constitution, which he has breached now, by declaring something "Unconstitutional";

05) I feel this minister can be prosecuted under Indian Laws and also debar him from holding any public office;

06) Finally, the G.O. pertaining to the teaching of Gita in Schools would be declared 'Null & Void', if the same is challenged in a court of law;

07) Hope the relevant Constitutional Authorities or Appropriate Courts take complaisance of his crime, Suo Motu, and act accordingly! 

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