NCERT should stay away from secular games of India

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Recently NCERT prepared a manual pointing to possible alienation of children of minority communities on seeing the wall calendars of Hindu Gods and deities in classrooms of some school, and by prayers in assemblies. It has prescribed suggestions like celebration of festivals related to religious minorities, and sensitive handling of children during religious functions and adequate representation of parents from minority communities in managements of institutions.

This suggestion by panel appears to be based on unsound and fake perceptions, as the wall calendars, so common for decades and decades, never caused any alienation as conceptualized by the panel. If, however, the panel feels it wrong, not in keeping with the secular credentials of the nation, the remedy would have been the suggestion not to allow wall calendars of deities in class. The suggestion to allow minority religious festivals or disallow prayers tentamount to doing more evil than undoing one. In true democratic spirit, the panel should have suggested simple removal of such wall calendars of religiously offensive nature, so that no cause of friction is left with students. Also, since when has languages become religion-specific that the panel is advocating urdu language for minorities? Doing more odds for undoing one is a stupid suggestion which no sane person can visualize or suggest.

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