After much criticism from certain circles and opposition leaders over the decision to include compulsory dhyana (meditation) for all students of schools and pre-university colleges in the state, School Education and Literacy Minister BC Nagesh took to Twitter on Saturday to reply to the comments.
Responding to a tweet from opposition leader Siddaramaiah questioning the Education Ministry’s priorities, Mr Nagesh said: “It is unfortunate that you are trying to confuse a good idea, such as children meditating for 10 minutes for better mental health. and physical health, concentration and personality development.” He also said it was ridiculous to say yoga and meditation would hinder children’s development when researchers, scientists and doctors had argued otherwise.
While listing the various measures that have been rolled out by the current BJP government to implement reforms and development in the education sector, such as the first of its kind learning recovery program (Kalika Chetharike), implementation of the national education policy, provisions for eggs at lunchtime , Mr Nagesh accused the government led by Mr Siddaramaiah of not doing much for the development of education.
In addition to opposition leaders, several educators in the state had also called the move to introduce meditation an “arbitrary decision” and an “attempt to saffronize education” under the guise of meditation.