Several activists of the Campus Front of India on Thursday protested against the Minister for Primary and Secondary Education Vishweshwara Hegde Kageri's support to the Bhagavad Gita teaching campaign in schools.
The protest was staged in front of the office of the Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner on Thursday.
CFI's Dakshina Kannada unit president Hyder Habib said the BJP government's support for teaching of the Bhagavad Gita in schools was among the steps taken to “saffronise” the education system in the State. The BJP had been acting as per the directions of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), he said.
CFI's State general secretary Ibrahim said their organisation would oppose all moves made to teach religious text in schools and colleges. Objecting to Mr. Kageri's statement asking people opposing the campaign to leave the country, Mr. Ibrahim said the Minister was speaking in a way that was demeaning to the post he held. Social Democratic Party of India's Akbar Ali said the task of teaching religious text should be left to religious institutions. Bringing it to schools would create disharmony among students.