September 1, 2014 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
New Delhi, India (September 01, 2014): Narendra Modi led Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP) seems eager to give Hindutva color of India at the earliest possible. Government seems more engaged in bringing in tools of Hindutva promotion into usage in government working.
After high uproar over usage of Hindi on social media platform, then celebration of Sanskrit week in schools, now Narendra Modi Government’s new move to change teachers day as ‘Guru Utsav’ is snowballing into major controversy.
It is learnt that Ministry of Human Resources Development (MHRD), Sunita Irani, had recently issued a directive to all the schools of the country, ordering them to make proper arrangements so that students could hear out Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of ‘Guru Utsav’.
As per media report, after getting signal from Ministry, the Directorate of Education (DoE) of Delhi government issued a notification to all schools, ordering them to make arrangements for a broadcast of the Prime Minister’s address on September 5. The DoF also directed schools to facilitate a Question and Answer session with schoolchildren through various medium like television or through Internet connections.
Hitting at Narendra Modi led BJP government, DMK Chief Karunanidhi has said that the Aryans are plotting to destroy Tamil language and culture.
“For years we’ve celebrated it as Teacher’s Day. The Centre has now changed it to ‘Guru Utsav’ through a government order. This is how they first lay their hands on our language. After defeating it they plot little by little to defeat those belonging to the language, those who reached great heights through language and those who hurt themselves for the language. We do not need any other example for this”, NDTV has quoted Karunanidhi as saying.
Narendra Modi’s move has drawn criticism from all corners.
“It shows the dictatorial mindset and attitude. We have no objections to students listening to speeches of the President, the prime minister and the chief minister. But the way it is being forced is surprising”, Manikrao Thakare, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee President said.
Another Congress leader Manish Tewari said, “The government is inconveniencing teachers, students and parents. The PM should re-schedule his speech.”
Similarly, TMC leader Mamata Banerjee has also raised objection over the issue.
HRD minsiter Smriti Irani has come up in defence to her plans regarding the Guru Utsav, saying it has nothing to do with the Teachers’ Day. She said that it was a special essay competition being organized for students both past and present and will highlight the contribution of teachers in their lives.
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