Maharashtra 🏛Govt Distances Itself from Bhagavad Gita🕉 Controversy

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THE MAHARASHTRA government on Thursday said that it was not distributing free copies of the Bhagavad Gita in colleges, a day after the state education department issued a statement saying that the copies would be distributed at 100 non-government aided colleges in Mumbai, which have been accredited by the NAAC with A or A+ rating.

When contacted, Education Minister Vinod Tawde, however, said that no such circular has been issued by the education department. Earlier in the day, Tawde said: “No decision has been taken by the government to distribute Bhagavad Gita in colleges. The books are being distributed in colleges by the Bhakti Vedant Book Trust and not by government…”

“The Trust had sent a proposal requesting the government to consider distributing Bhagavad Gita. But the government categorically turned down the proposal. It was clearly conveyed to them that the government cannot distribute the books and that it should be done through their Trust.” Denying Opposition’s charges of the government pushing any hidden agenda, Tawde said: “If any Trust comes forward to distribute Quran or Bible, what is wrong? However, the government will not have any role in the matter.”

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