Supreme Court rejects plea to make yoga compulsory in schools, says it is govt’s business

"We are nobody to say what is to be taught in schools. It is none of our business. How can we direct that," the bench said

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: August 8, 2017 11:55 am
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The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition seeking to make yoga compulsory for school students from class 1 to 8 across the country, news agency PTI reported. The plea also sought framing of a national yoga policy.

Announcing its decision, the bench headed by Justice M B Lokur said only the government has the right to take decisions on such issues. “We are nobody to say what is to be taught in schools. It is none of our business. How can we direct that,” the bench said.

The petition, which was filed by a Delhi BJP spokesperson and lawyer Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay and J C Seth, sought the Human Resources Development Ministry, NCERT, NCTE and CBSE to “provide standard textbooks of ‘yoga and health education’ for students of Class 1-8 keeping in spirit various fundamental rights such as right to life, education and equality.” It added it is the State’s obligation to ensure quality health facilities to all the citizens of the country, especially children. “State has an obligation to provide health facilities to all the citizens, especially to children and adolescents. In a welfare state, it is obligation of the State to ensure the creation and sustenance of conditions congenial to good health,” the plea said.

It further said the right to health to all citizens will not be possible without “yoga and health education” and a “national yoga policy” to promote it. Rejecting the petition, the bench added, “What is to be taught in schools is not a fundamental right.”

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    Proud Bhakt
    Aug 9, 2017 at 1:38 am
    Supreme Court judges are behaving like anti-nationals. The judges must do Yoga , stand and sing the national anthem and then sing Vande Mataram with perfect pronunciation , EVERY day before hearing any case. We need to instill patriotism in our judges.
    1. Viswanath Shastry
      Aug 8, 2017 at 7:58 pm
      The Supreme Court should keep up it's words. At any Cost at any time it should not interfere with this issue. it should not change it's stand in this issue.
      1. V
        Aug 8, 2017 at 4:44 pm
        Why the demented judge Dipak Mishra (National Anthem before every s e k s movie fame) was not maneuvered to take up this case. He would have gone one step further to make yoga compulsory in all schools before all periods and to all parents of school children.
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          Raj V
          Aug 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm
          Schools are the place where the children should happily learn things with some discipline and culture. Every thing need not be forced on children. Yoga can be made optional if students are willing to learn. Already they have heavy work load in urban india.
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            yash sehgal
            Aug 8, 2017 at 3:52 pm
            A very good decision by SC.. There is much ado about nothing regarding yoga. Why not a training be given in yoga to Physical Training teachers to include this with drill n games. I hv been a teacher for a long time n saw that yoga teachers were like white elephants un schools. They had very superficial knowledge in yoga. The syllabus of the students is ver overburdened n they wanted to study academic subjects. This came handy with yoga teachers n they did nothing but keepinf a good nap on cushions in yoga rooms or doing office politics , eavesdropping, backbiting etc sort of things. It should better be a part of PTI's futy n u know , how must a yoga teacher gets ry p m. ? In primary school it starts with 55000 pm to in sr sec schools upto 120000 pm.
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