Jammu and Kashmir government withdraws order to purchase religious books for educational institutions

Satya Pal Malik

Srinagar, Oct 23: The Jammu and Kashmir government on Tuesday withdrew an order asking educational institutions to purchase copies of the Urdu version of Gita and Koshur Ramayana by author Sarwanand Premi for making them available in school/college libraries.

An order issued by the state Chief Secretary here said: “Circular issued by the Education Department regarding the introduction of some religious books stands withdrawn.”

The decision to buy copies of the Bhagavad Gita and Ramayana was made public on Monday through an order issued by the Education Department.

The order led to widespread criticism.

Slamming the order, Former Chief Minister, Omar Abdullah tweeted on Monday: “Why just the Gita and Ramayana? If religious texts are to be placed in schools, collages and 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?”

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