Is singing a Hindu prayer in KVs permissible? SC decides

Is singing a Hindu prayer in KVs permissible? SC decides

This is followed by a third prayer which was also in Sanskrit, the petition said.

A bench headed by Justice Rohinton F Nariman has directed the Centre to respond in two weeks. "Students of other religions have to compulsorily attend the assembly and recite it", said Vinayak Shah, whose children also studied in the Kendriya Vidyalaya.

His prayer added government-run schools can not promote any particular religion and said its "constitutionally impermissible", NDTV reported. "There is no scientific reason to call this prayer beneficial, so it should be scrapped", said the lawyer. The plea said, "Students as a result learn to develop an inclination towards seeking refuge from the almighty instead of developing a practical outcome towards the obstacles and hurdles faced in everyday life, and the spirit of enquiry and reform seems to be lost somewhere".

The petition questions if an institution funded by the state can propagate any religion. The students are required to folds hands and close the eyes to recite the prayer.

The petitioner said the prayer asks God to grant knowledge to the students, which flows "towards us like the Ganges", to "enter our consciousness, dwell in our vision", and "deliver our hearts from darkness to light".

Operational for almost 50 years, the Kendriya Vidyalayas are a system of central government schools in India which were instituted under the aegis of the Ministry Of Human Resource Development.

The SC wants a response on why the school prayer should be allowed in KVs, reported the Times of India.

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