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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

7th Std Text Book : Controversy Over Secularism

There's a controversy going on in Kerala in relation to a text book
lesson in Malayalam for 7th std ,State syllabus:-
Let me narrate the content here:
Jeevan is taken to school for enroling in the 1st std by his parents
- Hide quoted text -of two different religions.The Head Master asks Jeevan's parents whichreligion is to be entered for the boy. Jeevan's parents request forleaving the column (related to religion and caste ) blank, whichprompts the HM to ask what would happen to the child as he grows upwithout religion/caste appended to his identity. The parents coollyreply that as he grows up he could chose any of the faiths or nofaith!This has become a cause for much ire being vent by the parties andstudents' unions in the rival camp ,on the Left Democratic Frontgovt.in Kerala. The opponents demand withdrawal of the lessonpromoting atheism and anti-religious mentality and even communism!!??Though the above text (lesson )appears to be the main focus in thecontroversy,much more text portions elsewhere from the current schooltexts are being brought under fire by the opposition parties andstudent unions. One thing that significantly eludes focus in the current politicalwarfare between the two fronts, ie; the LDF, led by the CPI(M) and theUDF( comprising Congress, Muslim League, Kerala Congress,etc )is thatCaste plus Religion plus most of the Superstitions like jaatakams,pujas and rituals are seen publicly glorified and practiced everywherein Kerala by leaders as well as cadres on both sides of the divide.Hence,the ideals of secularism that are sought to be promoted in youngminds, unfortunately , do not really match the realms of both thepublic and private spheres largely influenced by the left partieshere.At least as seen contradicted from the point of view of the dismaltrack record of many a left politician in promoting real secularism inprivate and public life, the present controversy on the text bookportions will not take us the society too far.
The contradictions resulting from promotion of unilateral learning ofideals by rote without a thought of accentuating them in real lives onthe one hand, and resisting even marginal struggles for social reform( the negative attitudes by and large displayed against intercastemarriages, struggles against casteism etc, for example) on the other,has come to the fore ,with the present controversy over the abovetext. In this aspect, perhaps this can signify a fair deal of selfreflectivity on the part of the 'big' people in the Left.

2 comments:

  1. Please read http://www.makudam.net to get an answer for this issue. Our relevant question here is Life without Religion.
    Everybody should understand why religion? Everybody should understand from
    where Life comes from? I have got answer for these questions and I
    published these information at the International Conference on
    Biotechnology, VIT University, Vellore, Tamil Nadu on February 6-8, 2008
    informing the world that I have the Key of the Sixth Sense. I published
    this paper at my web site, which you must read. Religion means a source of
    Water of Life, which is very necessary for Life like the physical water on
    earth. If you believe in one religion, the father behind that religion is
    the source of Water of life for you. It is an authority, and if you are not
    geting water of life, you became ill and die, and if your spirit exists, it
    will be thirsty to get water of life, which is an important invention. I
    have to tell a lot about this with proof in physical world and spiritual
    world. But do understand, will life exist without religion? The answer is,
    yes, if God allows. Now God facilitated this as God appointed Lord God to
    complete the construction of earth and to live peacefully on earth. Please
    not that if we are shredding blood or do any other sin, it will become on
    top of our head as a blockage to water of life to us, which causes death to
    us including our spirit.
    Please read all the links in http://www.makudam.net and the related
    readings in holy bible. If you have any questions do contact me. Please
    note that http://www.makudam.net is not related with any religion, but related with
    100% truth and GOD. If anybody is misusing it find it and solve it. But do
    know that 100% truth only prevails forever. That is the secret of life and
    death. Do know that we are not just independent beings, but a part of a
    large system created by God. So always we have keep the words of God 100%
    for our existence. Otherwise we will be eliminated by God, as that is
    creating problems for the entire system created by God, which God never
    allows.

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  2. 1.Who created your God?
    2.How do you know that the Bible/Geeta/Quran is created not by human(s),but by your God(s)?
    3.How can you say that millions of people like me who live without religion are not living ,or will not live healthy as you do?
    (btw,my thanks for the comment made here by you).

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