A bill that will make it compulsory for schools to ensure Bhagavad Gita readings may be taken up for discussion in the next session of Parliament. The bill is named Compulsory Teaching Of Bhagavad Gita As a Moral Education Text Book In Educational Institutions Bill, 2016, and one of the guidelines mentioned in the bill is that schools that do not follow the bill should be derecognized. The bill has been introduced by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament Ramesh Bidhuri. Speaking about the bill, Bidhuri said, “The noble thoughts and teaching of the Bhagavad Gita will make the younger generation better citizens and enrich their personality.”
It may be recalled that the bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha in March. Bidhuri said that many great thinkers including Swami Vivekananda, Sri Aurobindo and Albert Einstein have used the teachings of Gita to solve world problems and to lead a better life. He said that these people, along with several others, have recommended reading Gita for its timeless wisdom. Bidhuri said that it is difficult to see why such a vast source of knowledge remains hidden from so many children and the common people as well. Implementing the bill will require around Rs 5,100 crore.