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SC seeks response from Centre over morning prayers in Kendra Vidyalayas

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Bennie Garza | 10 January, 2018, 23:17

"The prayer is in Hindi and Sanskrit".

The bench headed by Justice RF Nariman issued a notice to the Central government on the matter.

The petiton was filed by a lawyer whose children also studied in Kendriya Vidyalaya.

Shah said the prayer was detrimental to the development of self-reliance and a scientific temper among students. Shah added that as per the meaning of Article 28 of the Constitution, the common prayer is a "religious instruction" and thus must be prohibited.

The prayer is "constitutionally impermissible", says the petition, adding that institutions funded by the state can not propagate Hinduism like this.

The court has acted on a petition filed by a lawyer arguing that the prayer, which the students have to sing with their eyes closed and folded hands is against the constitution.

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". He questioned the point of Hindi and Sanskrit morning prayers in schools saying that such practices proved to be an obstacle in developing practical and scientifical approach among students.

"The above prayer is being enforced throughout the country in all Kendra Vidhalayas. As a result, parents and children of the minority communities as well as Atheist and others who do not agree with this system of Prayer such as Agnostics, Sceptisists, Rationalists and others would find the imposition of this prayer constitutionally impermissible", he added. There are 1,125 KVs in India and three KVs overseas, as per 2015 numbers.

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