Again a news of a horrendous rape and murder of a Dalit student Jisha in Kerala, even before we could forget the horror of Nirbhaya’s death in Delhi ! Where is the country moving towards?Why people do not seem to be bothered about ethics?Does the nation lack moral and ethical foundations? Does the country need ‘ethics’ to be taught compulsorily across all schools?If so,which book is the best book to be taught in national level?
Times of India dated 27-04-16 carries this news item:
“Include 108 chapters of ‘Thirukkural’ in school syllabus, HC tells govt
Madurai: The Madurai bench of the Madras high court on Tuesday passed a remarkable order directing the state government to include 108 chapters or Athigarams of ‘Thirukkural’, a work of literature of the classic Tamil Sangam period, in the curriculum of students studying between Class VI and Class 12 from the next academic year.
Justice R Mahadevan passed this order on a petition filed by S Rajarathinam, who wanted students to be taught the entire Thirukkural by the time they left school, for which he sought a direction to the secretaries of the departments concerned to reframe the syllabus from the next academic year (2016-17) by covering all 1,330 couplets of the Thirukkural.
However, the court recused itself from directing that the third chapter (Kamathupal, that deals with the relationship between a husband and wife) to be included in the syllabus after accepting the government’s submissions.
Thirukkural contains 1,330 couplets in its 133 chapters grouped into three – Arathupal, Porutpal and Kamathupal. Each chapter contains 10 couplets. At present, select 275 couplets are taught to students.
In his 52-page order, the judge said the court was aghast that many young and adolescent boys and girls were forgetting the cultural heritage of our country and were being misled by western lifestlye. He said age-old values had been done away with or were not adequately included in the syllabus in schools. Considering the increasing crimes, it could only be inferred that the steps taken by the state to inculcate values in young minds were insufficient.
Pointing out the importance of education expressed by eminent philosophers, statesmen and literary figures, the judge said, “After evaluating the current education system and resultant behaviour in society, it could only be said that we are lacking in many aspects, including morality.” Hence, it was the need of the hour to teach Thirukkural to students.
“In fact, before Independence and before the current political system evolved, attempts were made to make Thirukkural a compulsory subject in education. However, due to some political reason, even after 67 years, it has not been implemented.”
The judge said the court was of the firm view that Thirukkural alone would lead the younger generation on the righteous path.”
So in the interests of the nation Prime Minister Modiji can take note of the Court’s observations and introduce ‘Thirukkural’ across all the States as well as in CBSE syllabus.If the seeds of morality are sown in the young minds,it is bound to give a rich harvest in due course.That would go a long way in changing the crime scenario of India.,
By Sundar A.S.