Gulzar pitches for inclusion of Mahabharat in education system

Mahabharat is one epic that ties all of us together, be it culturally and by way of philosophy,” Gulzar said

By: Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published:January 10, 2016 1:33 am

Filmmaker and lyricist Gulzar made a strong pitch for Indian epics like Mahabharat to be made part of the education system during his visit to Ahmedabad on Friday. “Mahabharat is one epic that ties all of us together, be it culturally and by way of philosophy,” Gulzar said. He added, “Gujarat is rich in culture and it is the right of Hindustan to share it. Gujarat is not limited only to the state. It is spread across India and now outside India also.”

Talking about the play Paansa, written by him, he said, “The play is the dramatisation of an excerpt from Mahabharat.” Based on Pavan Varma’s poem Yudhishtar and Draupadi, Paansa was staged at the ongoing five-day Sabarmati Festival on Friday.

Giving his take on the epic and English which he called a “link language”, he said, “We have read Paradise Lost by Milton and Julius Caesar by Shakespeare, then why not Kalidasa. These books should be known among youth. These should be made part of our education.”

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  1. S
    Jan 10, 2016 at 4:27 am
    Mr. Gulzar swims with the tide . A few months ago, he was a part of the "intolerance is rising" camp. Now he is supporting "soft hindutva" . I would be very careful at according significance to anything he says ...
  2. D
    Jan 22, 2016 at 8:36 am
    Need to have clarity from him more on why he thinks so. Does he wants these to be read as "epic" or as "historical event" and for "cultural education"? If it is read only as "epic" as in literature, I would agree with him. Not so much if the reasons are different.
  3. हेमकांत
    Jan 19, 2016 at 12:53 pm
    Now he will be thrown out from the secularist clan.
  4. K
    kj kj
    Jan 10, 2016 at 3:26 am
    don't force let people choose....this is a hindu country not Islamic...let people come on their own to learn mahabharat......