To: Cliff Walker
Subject: BRS Press Release
Date: Monday, November 09, 1998 8:41 AM
Humanist Organizations of Bihar condemn attempts to change the secular character of education
A joint meeting of representatives of four humanist organizations of Bihar -- Arjak Sangh, Ambedkar Mission, Kabir Lohia Vichar Manch and Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj -- was held in Buddhiwadi Seminar Hall, Patna, on November 8, 1998. Senior leader of Kabir Lohia Vichar Manch, Awadh Bihari Singh, presided over the meeting. The following resolution on education was passed unanimously.
Arjak Sangh, Ambedkar Mission, Kabir Lohia Vichar Manch and Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj strongly condemn the recent attempts by the BJP government at the Education Ministers Conference in Delhi to destroy the secular and scientific character of education. We believe that proposals like compulsory teaching of Sanskrit, Vedas and Upanishads in government schools are part of a conspiracy to push back the country towards Brahminism. Similarly, proposals for "spiritualizing" education, instead of making it more scientific and humanistic, are regressive. We demand that the educational system be made more scientific, humanistic and secular.
Dr. (Ms) Kawaljeet
General Secretary, Bihar Buddhiwadi Samaj