Kageri should educate himself first


Ever since the BJP came to power in Karnataka, the state was dragged more and more into the quagmire of corruption, controversies, attacks on minority communities, land mafia, and so on.  Now comes Mr Kageri with a new religious zeal, perhaps, to cover up all the rot under the carpet of Lord Krishna.

Kageri, the minister for primary and secondary education, wants all the schools in the state to teach the Gita.  The demand wouldn’t be inanely irrational if it was done by some genuinely religious person for a genuine cause. 

Kageri’s demand, anyway, goes against the provisions in the Constitution of the country to provide secular education.  It also goes against the intention of the Constitution to provide scientific thinking and rational temper to the country’s students.  In spite of that I would have ignored Kageri’s demand had the intention been genuine to a little extent at least.

When Kageri asks the people who oppose the decision to leave the country, the malice behind his intention becomes crystal clear.  He is playing the same old, obsolete and terribly worn-out strategy of dividing the people in the name of religions and gods.  How long should we suffer fools and knaves like Kageri?  [“Fools and knaves divide the kingdom” is a proverb in English.]

Has Kageri read the Gita, let alone study it?  Among other things, it teaches the basic unity of all creatures on the earth [on the earth, not just in Karnataka or India].  Lord Krishna defines the wise man as “He who experiences the unity of life, sees his own Self in all beings, and all beings in his own Self, and looks on everything with an impartial eye.” [The Geeta, Translated by Shri Purohit Swami, Published by Faber & Faber, ed. 1969, Page 44]

Probably Kageri didn’t have the patience to read the book till there.  He had, most likely, got stuck with Krishna’s exhortation to Arjuna to rise and kill.  This is another major problem with quite many religious people.  They read their scriptures only to justify their misdeeds.  Lord Krishna has something to say about such people too.  “Only the ignorant…” says Krishna to Arjuna, “extol the letter of the scriptures, saying – ‘There is nothing deeper than this.’” [Page 23-24]

There are lot of things deeper than the scriptures including the Gita.  People like Kageri fail to understand that simple truth taught by Lord Krishna himself. 

“The country believes in the Gita,” asserts Kageri brazenly.  Which country is he speaking about?  Reviewing the book Exploring the Hindu Mind written by M K V Narayan, Pushpa Surendra writes in the Frontline [July 29, 2011, p 77]: “The elite or the orthodox may have us believe that the Bhagavad Gita is the main religious text of Hindus but the author argues that the majority of Hindus are Saivite or Shakti worshippers or tribal ancestor worshippers who might not have even heard of the Gita.”  Kageri has a lot to learn apart from the Gita itself, it seems.

Ignorance is the greatest evil in a leader.  Kageri should educate himself on the Gita and the history of his religion as well as his country before he prescribes the curriculum of the country’s schools.


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6 Responses to Kageri should educate himself first

  1. Sunil Deepak says:

    I think that self-righteous religion-guardians are the greatest danger to their religions. The problem for us is that in the mean time they also destroy our institutions.

    • matheikal says:

      I cannot agree with you more, Sunil ji. I also think it is not even a matter of self-righteousness; it is more of politics, sheer hoodwinking of people!

  2. Aditi says:

    Unfortunate, to say the least. When uneducated and half educated ( formal degrees mean zilch ) ruffians rule according to narrow political agenda, they create immense damage to the institutions built painstakingly over years. This is one more example.

    Though not strictly comparable, I was reminded that in West Bengal, because of Jyoti Basu’s mischievous political decision of introducing English from Class VI only ‘to help students learn better through mother tongue in formative years’, a decision that was rescinded much later, a full generation of Bengalis educated in vernacular schools know no second language and lost all competitive edge to study in and earn a living elsewhere.

    • matheikal says:

      Aditi, first of all I’m very glad to see you here after pretty much time.
      M Mukundan, an excellent writer of Malayalam novels described V S Achudanandan, former CM of Kerala, as an “outdated saint”. What he meant is that the old form of Marxism is outdated. I think the description would suit Jyoti Basu too. Both Basu and Achuthanandan thought that the reign of the proletariat would still arrive! Ignorance, what else can we call it? But the BJP leaders in Karnataka are not governed by that kind of ignorance. They are reaping the benefits of the present skewed system and are trying to justify their actions [hoodwink the people] with the help of religion. I am of the opinion that the BJP was always doing the same thing. Even Advani did it when he rolled out the Rath long ago to Ayodhya!

  3. Raghuram Ekambaram says:

    “Who the hell is Shri Purohit Swami? Why should Kageri listen to what he says? No, Matheikal, you are out of synch. What Lord Krishna propounded is not the BG … it is what Kageri says the BG says is the BG! This is what the US Supreme Court Justice Marshall said two hundred years ago – “The Constitution [US] says what the Supreme Court says the Constitution says.”

    So, I am with Kageri and you may take a hike!”

    How will you respond [assume you have no option of slip slidin’ away]? You cannot. If people refuse to acknowledge they are behaving stupidly, how do you expect them to learn anything new, like reading the BG.

    Raghuram Ekambaram

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