My point is simple. If a government decides to issue such a book for study (which mentions that a child can choose his religion as and when he grows up and reaches a level where he can take the best decision), why don’t the same government stop the actual practice of asking for a child’s religion and caste details at the time of school admission. The controversial chapter conveys nothing without the government putting an end to that practice first. What we see now is a new age, new people and new opportunities. It is time we changed out outlook towards conventional beliefs and foolish practices like reservations based on caste and colour.
I have been taking heed to the news items about the controversial seventh standard school text issued by the Government of Kerala. The chapter entitled Mathamillatha Jeevan is about the school admission formalities for a child named Jeevan. When filling out the details during admission, the headmaster understands that the child’s parents belong to different religions. So he asks the child’s father about his son’s religion, to which the father promptly replies that he does not want to fill that information. He goes one step ahead, asking the headmaster to write that the child does not have a religion. He believes that the child should be allowed to choose the religion he wants when he grows up.
To me, there is no problem at all with what is mentioned in the text book. It is something I would call forward thinking. The excerpts from holy books which are appended to the passage only ascertain the fact that people need to live in harmony by respecting others, which I believe is exactly what is to be taught. But there is another dimension to it, different from the one projected by the fomenters against the book. The formenters believe that the communist government is trying to endorse their disbelief in religions through this.