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Rajasthan Administrative Exam To Quiz Candidates On Bhagavad Gita

No end to rampant saffronisation of education under Vasundhara Raje.

Adding a new dimension to the ongoing saffronisation of the education system in Rajasthan, the state’s BJP government has introduced a new unit called ‘Niti Shastra’ to the general knowledge and general studies paper in the Rajasthan Public Service Commission’s RAS 2018 exam.

The unit, besides including lessons from Mahatma Gandhi’s life, will also include management lessons from Bhagavad Gita, The Times of India has reported.

The ‘Role of Bhagavad Gita in management and administration’ sub-unit will quiz candidates on management and administrative lessons drawn from the 18 chapters dealing with the epic conversation of Lord Krishna with Arjun before the Kurukshetra battle, TOI has reported.

According to a junior officer at the state’s public service commission board, the idea has been borrowed from the new curriculum of Rajasthan University, which has added management techniques from Bhagavad Gita, Ramayana and Arthashastra in its commerce and management colleges.

“The idea is to expose students to the relevance of the administrative and management teachings from the book,” an officer with the Rajasthan Public Service Commission told TOI. “An aspirant with a fair know-how of all the chapters will score 100% marks. The teachings will help them in taking decisions as an administrative officer.”

Another officer said that students should embrace ancient wisdom since the world is also embracing it.

In a Class X book released in the state last year, Hindutva ideologue Veer Savarkar was described as a great revolutionary and a great patriot. The move did not cut ice with many historians who said Savarkar’s name had featured in the chargesheet filed on the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi. He was exonerated only due to lack of evidence. Similarly, in a political science textbook, the Congress was described as a “nurtured baby of the British empire”.

According to a Deccan Herald June 2017 report: “The Rajasthan University’s History department included a book ‘Maharana Pratap aur Haldighati Ka Yudh,’  which claims Maharana Pratap defeated Akbar, a view supported by Education Minister Vasudev Devnani, a staunch believer of RSS ideology.”

“The minister is often accused of distorting history and facts after the iconic ‘Tryst with Destiny’ speech of Jawaharlal Nehru was removed from the revised social science textbook for Class 8,” the report further states. To rub salt into the wound, a chapter on Indira Gandhi’s Emergency period during 1975-77 was incorporated into the school syllabus to vilify Congress.

In January last year, Devnani had said the cow was the only animal that inhales as well as exhales oxygen—a claim also made by Justice Mahesh Chandra Sharma of the Rajasthan HC who recommended declaring cow a national animal, and cited benefits of cow urine and cow dung, while disposing of a 2010 PIL on a government-managed cow shelter near Jaipur.

The judge also said peacock does not have sex and the peahen gets pregnant drinking the tears of the peacock.

Devnani has also claimed in the past that it was not Newton who discovered gravity. The force was discovered by Brahmagupta thousands of years ago, according to him.

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