People can’t dictate religion: Kamal Haasan slams inclusion of Gita in Anna University syllabus

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Actor-turned-politician Kamal Haasan has opposed the inclusion of Bhagavad Gita in the Anna University syllabus saying religion can’t be imposed on students.

“Students are always ready to read good books. There is no need to include the content as syllabus [from Gita]. People can’t dictate religion,” Kamal Haasan said.

Stressing on the importance of religious freedom, Kamal Haasan said students should decide if they want to become “religious preachers or religious propagandists”. “Let students read the related study material of their course. After they complete their studies, let them take a decision on what they want to become. It should not be part of their syllabus,” he said.

Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) staged a protest against the alleged imposition of Sanskrit in Anna University and other issues.

Earlier, DMK President MK Stalin had condemned Anna University over its decision to include Bhagwad Gita in the curriculum. Seeking governor’s intervention, Stalin had tweeted, “It is condemnable to attempt imposition of Sanskrit by making philosophy compulsory in the syllabus of Anna University’s CEG campus.”

What is the issue

Anna University has introduced philosophy as part of the third-semester course for B Tech and M Tech students.

As per the course of Anna University, the students have been suggested to study the Upanishads, Srimad Bhagavad Gita, Vedas, Plato, and Francis Bacon, ‘to create a new understanding by teaching philosophy through a comparison of Indian and Western traditions

“We are ensuring the entire state that philosophy is not compulsory for every student. So, people need not worry about it. We will amend the compulsory rule soon,” Vice-Chancellor MK Surappa had told.

AIADMK a party of political traders: Kamal Haasan

Meanwhile, Kamal Haasan also slammed the AIADMK and termed its members as political traders. On Tamil Nadu minister D Jayakumar’s remarks that Kamal is running his party like a fast food stall, Haasan said, “They are running a stall and same is the case with me. They are my competitors and I see them as political traders.”

Source By Indiatoday

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