Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi announced that from the next academic year curriculum that inculcates ‘desh bhakti’ (Patriotism) will be introduced in government run schools.
The announcement was made on the eve of Independence day in his address on the launch of ‘constitution at 70’ campaign. The Delhi CM said that children need to learn about patriotism so that when they grow up they will become responsible citizens who will not take bribe, discharge their duties honestly and will have love and respect towards the nation and the ‘guests’ who come from other countries.
He said that the decision has been taken after detailed discussions with Education Minister for state Manish Sisodia.
The CM said that feelings of patriotism arise only when there is a cricket match or when there are tensions at the border. This feeling is absent in our day to day lives. Therefore the objective of this curriculum is to instil love and respect amongst the students for their country.
The children will also realise the problems the nation is facing such as farmers’ suicides and poverty and that they need to be solved by all.
“We have to create a sense of ownership among all children that they have to take on the challenges we are facing as a country head on and address them. Third, we have to instill among children the passion and commitment to be prepared to sacrifice anything for the nation,” he said.
Calling the curriculum as a ‘gift to the nation’, Kejriwal said that the teachers and the principals of the government schools will be consulted while designing the curriculum.
This decision of ‘desh bhakti’ curriculum is seen as a step to be with the flow of the prevalent mood of ‘nationalism’ and also as a strategic step for the upcoming assembly elections in the next year.