In a major development, the Jammu and Kashmir government withdrew an order asking schools and colleges to purchase copies of the Urdu version of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita and Koshur Ramayan for their libraries.
It need be mentioned that the circular came a day after former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah criticised the order.
The National Conference leader Abdullah had questioned the decision to ignore the books of other religions.
He tweeted, “Why just the Gita & Ramayana? If religious texts are to be placed in schools, collages & government libraries (and I’m not convinced that they need/should be) then why is it being done selectively? Why are other religions being ignored?”.
It is after this that the new order was withdrawn.
The Education Department had issued the controversial circular and signed by Mohammad Yaqoob Malik, the Under Secretary to Government, School Education Department.
But it soon triggered criticism.
It is reported that the circular was a follow-up to an October 4 meeting related to the School Education Department and chaired by BB Vyas, Advisor to the Governor.>