Rajnath Singh holds western education responsible for dealing a ‘severe blow’ to Indian culture

Singh said present education system has dealt a severe blow to the values and culture of the country,

By: Press Trust of India | Jodhpur | Updated: October 16, 2014 9:49 am
rajnath-l Union HM Rajnath Singh with Maharaja Gaj Singh and Congress leader Sachin Pilot during a centenary celebration of Chopasani school in Jodhpur. (Source: PTI photo)

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Thursday held westernised education concept brought by Britishers responsible for dealing a severe blow to the values and culture of the country and said present system was not fulfilling the main objective of education.

Singh, while addressing a gathering at the Chopsani Schools centenary celebrations here said the main objective of the education is “comprehensive development of the personality” and lamented that the present education system was not fulfilling this objective.

Holding the westernised educational concept brought in by the Britishers, Singh said “this education system has dealt a severe blow to the values and culture of the country, for which, India has been recognised across the globe.”

Terming Indian culture to be unparallelled, Singh said only Indian culture and value model is such rich and holistic that it thinks not only about the human being but everything on the earth, be it lifeless.

The Union minister said everyone has unique talent and ability and there was a need to provide an opportunity to them.

“Unfortunately everyone does not have access to this opportunity,” he said while assuring that his government would provide the opportunity to all to identify and harness the talents and abilities of the students in the interest of the nation.

Singh said that we will have to realise the malicious intentions of nipping this value and cultural model behind  introducing this westernised educational model and never treat us as inferior, which the education system of present time seem to be instilling in the new generations.

Avoiding a direct criticism of Congress, Singh said that since independence, what Indian have got, was assurances only.

“Had these assurances converted into reality, the country would have been a recognised super power and a prosperous nation,” he said.

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    Ashutosh Shukla
    Oct 16, 2014 at 8:38 am
    It looks like that some one has opened a hornets nest here. Already we have so much of disagreements and we see a spurt rise in blame and counter blame. Some one says Sanskrit- some one say Gurkul- some one blames Brahmans so on and so forth. Does anyone know what Indian education are we talking here. Maybe it an ideal opportunity to brain storm the issue put our brains to work and see if we can evolve a system at least equal to current education system if not better. Today we see every one running to get an education in English school - it does not matter if it even has teacher or not but at least the school is English. After school every one rushes off to IIT - IIM- AIIMS etc are these insution embodiment of western education . Those who do get in eventually look to get a job on US or UK or like- those who dont look here. What about those who don't get in -they look for any insution that will give them a degree- BBD - MBD etc etc most times the degrees are not worth the paper they are printed on but al least a individual become an engineer or doctor and can impress his neighbors. What about those who cant afford these -they go to desi universities- try hand at civil services and where most fails they clutch what ever comes their way - bank clerks- PO etc and those who cant get anywhere become teachers.The people who are supposed to be trainers of mind - evoke strong character-building blacks of the country are the people who have failed every where else. Where as this career of teaching should be a first choice of the best. So east or west we see that education system has failed in India. That failed education system and failed teacher are a matter of right for every one- people do not become educated because they want or they deserve but purely it is a matter of right. It never work this way anywhere - past present or future.To set things right and to make education more meaningful we need to change the way we do things. Only basic education should be a matter of right every one must have it - no ifs no buts w nation must have the same uniform education irrespective of caste color language geographical location rich or poor- Hindi speaking or other wise every one must have at least ten years of compulsory education. After this stage there should be three years of vocational schools where vast majority must attend with a view to follow a career - these could include plumber- electrician- mason - farmer- brick layer- medical istant - sportsmen-defense people- social service etc etc. This education should give a complete education in chosen field of work - in fact most work force should come from this system.Next in hierarchy should be advanced education like engineers doctors- philosophers- who will go to IIT - IIMs or like - these people should be the best in terms of mental faculty and sheer ability to understand thing better and make things better.Of course any one ping out form these should not be allowed to leave the country except for short duration or higher education. Somewhere along the line we need to put in compulsory military training or national service to get a sense of patriotism and national feeling .Now we can start thinking about the language -course material- the trainer etc.Let us think and evolve and get what is best for us
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    avi
    Oct 16, 2014 at 7:54 am
    Can't blame everything on the West, it is stupid to find a scapegoat for our own short comings ! What is needed is genuine introspection within us!
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    TIHARwale
    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:19 am
    Poor man confusing education with culture.
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    Biltu
    Oct 16, 2014 at 5:35 pm
    Has he not sent his children and g children to English medium schools.
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    deepak
    Oct 16, 2014 at 6:51 am
    So we go back to Gorukuls?where we will get enough Gurus?
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    DSFL10
    Oct 16, 2014 at 8:25 am
    Indian tradition of Gurukula was notorious for denying education for all in a apartheid like caste system. We should congratulate British for making education for all, which was denied for millions of people for centuries.
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    ah
    Oct 16, 2014 at 6:15 am
    I agree to some extent .......... NOW where have I heard this before??? ....... of course !!!! BOKO HARAM!
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    Indian
    Oct 16, 2014 at 12:32 pm
    the old knowledge wasretained in sanskrit and continues to remain in sanskrit ...... we need to revive that minus the brahminism.... ( not brahmins).....
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