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Tagore, Gandhi not influenced by West, says Mohan Bhagwat

PTI
Published : Sep 10, 2017, 2:53 am IST
Updated : Sep 10, 2017, 2:53 am IST

There is a “consensus in the society” that the education system needs to be changed, Mr Bhagwat said.

Mohan Bhagwat
 Mohan Bhagwat

New Delhi: RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said that the leading figures of the freedom movement, including Mahatma Gandhi and Rabindranath Tagore, had been educated under a “western” system but were never influenced by it.

He was pointing out that it is not only the schooling, but a child’s parents and the atmosphere at home and in the society that play a larger role in upbringing.

 

Various Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) outfits have spoken out against “westernised” education, demanding an overhaul of the education system.

There is a “consensus in the society” that the education system needs to be changed, Mr Bhagwat said.

“...The Macaulay education system, which we say is a foreign education system, produced Vivekananda, Lokmanya Tilak, Gandhiji and Tagore... So why did that school education system not influence them? The entire generation which participated in the freedom movement studied in the Macaulay education system,” he said.

The RSS leader made these remarks at the launch of the Indian Education Manual (Bhartiya Shiksha Grant Mala) by Ahmedabad-based think-tank Punarutthan Vidyapeeth. Dinanath Batra, the Shiksha Sanskriti Utthan head known for controversial statements on education, was present on the dais when Bhagwat was speaking.    

 

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