India’s new national education policy has been severely criticized by the country’s Nobel Prize-winning Bengali economist Amartya Sen. In a webinar on Saturday evening, he said that only traditional Hinduism has been given priority in the new education policy. The Lokayat-Charbak or Muslim tradition has been ignored. But ancient India does not mean Hinduism.

After almost three decades, the Union Cabinet of India has adopted a new education policy rather than the policy recently adopted in 1986. The draft was adopted by the Union Cabinet on 29 July. Many RSS partners, an ideological ally of the BJP, were involved in drafting the education policy. Although it is suggested not to impose any language on students, the new education policy calls for encouraging traditional Sanskrit language.

In a discussion organized by the Western Trust on Saturday, the Nobel Prize-winning economist said, “I will only refer to traditional education as the ideology of ancient India, but ignore the trend of overall history of India, it is not right!” He said, just as traditional religion was in ancient India, so was the tradition of Lokayat or Charvak. Atheism, disambiguation or atheism and complete rational analysis are also important among them. Being loyal to the ideology of India should never be loyal to a section of that ideology. “Important, Muslim influence is also important in this country,” he said. Even in ancient Hindu India, the entire country, particularly Bengal or Assam, was not the same.

Calling the new pedagogy biased, Amartya said: “Schooling in the West is not just about the gospel of the Bible, it is about scientists like Galileo.”

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