This protest staged by the DMK came after the ancient Indian literature and philosophy book Bhagavad Gita was introduced in the curriculum by the Anna University. Speaking to MyNation, BJP spokesperson, Ashwini Upadhyay said that people from Tamil Nadu are following Sanathana dharma, but it is their leaders who are manipulating Tamilians in the state.
Chennai: The members of the student wing from Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) called for a protest on Tuesday (October 1) over the 'imposition' of Sanskrit language in their educational curriculum.
This protest came after the ancient Indian literature and philosophy book Bhagavad Gita was introduced in the curriculum by the Anna University.
According to reports, the DMK's student wing staged a protest, raising their voice against Anna University over their Hindi and Sanskrit imposition though the university, which made it clear that the Bhagavad Gita is an optional subject and not compulsory for the students.
DMK spokesperson Saravanan Annadurai, spoke exclusively to MyNation and said, "Compulsory or not, there is no necessity to implement it (Bhagavad Gita) in the syllabus. Anna University is a state university, why should Sanskrit or Bhagavad Gita be implemented? Students from other communities too study there, so, there is no rationale."
Reacting to this, BJP spokesperson and Supreme Court lawyer, Ashwini Upadhyay, said that the political leaders from Tamil Nadu are trying to manipulate Tamilians in the state.
"Tamilians are the only people in India who are taking forward the Sanatana Dharma from ancient India. It is the politicians who are trying to diversify people," Ashwini Upadhyay said.
"Tamilians are very religious. They believe and follow Sanatana Dharma. Bhagavad Gita should not be politicised in any manner. In fact, one has to take oath on Bhagavad Gita in the court while he/she is called before the judge," he added.
Saravanan argued, "Some might say that Bhagavad Gita is not a religious text, but others don't look at it that way. They see it as a text associated with Hinduism. Why impose religious beliefs?"
Last Updated Oct 1, 2019, 3:44 PM IST