New Delhi: A two-day conclave of BJP ministers has been initiated, starting this Sunday. The object of this meeting is to introduce standards of a uniform cultural and educational policy. This move is coming from the BJP a short while after its meeting with the RSS. It was reported that at this meeting, the RSS had pushed for “Indianization” of the system of education. The said meeting was attended by high ranks of the BJP party as well as the central government.
According to the sources, Union Human Resource Development Minister, Smriti Irani and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma are also attending the present meeting, which shall complete its final leg today. They are accompanied by the education and culture ministers of all the BJP-ruling states and also by delegates of the RSS. Culture and education are two topics which are very touchy with the Sangh Parivar. The meeting is of particular interest as it comes at a time when the saffron outfit is ruling the Centre, many states and is also a minor partner in other states. Irani, though, denies this claim time and again.
Vinay Sahastrabuddhe, the BJP vice-president had commented that these meetings had an objective of “exchanging notes about the best practices in education and culture sectors” which is an important item on the party’s list of matters to be acted upon. He is also the in-charge of the BJP’s Good Governance department.
Political annotators have often placed the party-run governments, both at the Centre and the states, of “saffronisation” of education. They often cite examples like the policy of the Haryana Government about the induction of the Bhagwad Gita as a part of the school syllabus, as well as the designation of people considered aficionados of the Sangh Pariwar ideology in many education and research bodies.
Highlighting the intrinsic dynamics of culture and education, sources reported that the RSS representatives have been complaining about the shortcomings in the process of achieving these goals. Furthermore, the meeting pondered upon transcribing the most successful practices in the states governed by the parties.
Dattatreya Hosabale, the joint general secretary of tar RSS said, at the essence of the three day ‘samanvay baithak’ of the RSS had been to stop the commercialisation of culture and education and also regarding bodies working in the fields.