Uddhav government makes reciting Preamble mandatory in Maharashtra schools from January 26

Students will read out the preamble every day after morning prayers, the minister said.

Published: 21st January 2020 10:48 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd January 2020 10:45 AM   |  A+A-

Express News Service

MUMBAI: From reading the Preamble of the Constitution at the ongoing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the Uddhav Thackeray government has made a leap of faith by making its collective reading at all schools mandatory before prayer every day from January 26 in Maharashtra.

By making the collective reading of the Preamble a central feature of the anti-CAA protests, the agitators had sought to reaffirm their faith in the Constitution and in its sovereign, secular and democratic nature.

According to a circular issued by the Maharashtra government, the collective reading of the Preamble from this Republic Day in all primary and secondary will help the students imbibe the values of Sarvobhaum Sanvidhanache Janhit Sarvanche (Constitution is supreme for the welfare of all). 

“If the Preamble is internalised at a young and tender age, then the students will cherish it in all walks of life,” read the notification, a copy of which is with this newspaper.

District education officers in the state have been tasked with monitoring and reviewing its implementation. Maharashtra has around 1.10 lakh primary, secondary and private schools. Ashish Shelar, former education minister and senior BJP leader, welcomed the notification.

“But after reading the Preamble, if someone says “Bharat Mata Ki Jai or Vande Mataram, they should not be boycotted or ill-treated,” he, however, said sarcastically.

When the common minimum programme of the ruling Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi was drafted, the Congress had insisted on inserting the word ‘secular’ in its preamble.

Ravindra Waikar, a Shiv Sena legislator, said the Maharashtra government’s decision will not stoke any controversy.

“Reading the Preamble is always good. It will help students know the Constitution at a tender age,” he said.

Inculcating values

“Values of justice, freedom, equality and fraternity form the core of our Constitution. Its directive principles, duties and rights should be taught at a young age. If students properly imbibe those values, they will grow into responsible, civilized and cultured citizens,” the notification said

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