New Delhi, August 1: After getting American scholar Wendy Doniger's book on Hinduism pulped, retired 85-year-old teacher and educationist Dinanath Batra, an admirer of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has a new mission: preparing a "blueprint" for "Indianising" the country's education system and liberating it from the clutches of western education.
Emboldened by the Gujarat government's move to make his books supplementary reading in state-run schools, in one of which he has mentioned that modernisation of education should not mean westernisation but Indianisation and has asked students to take pride in their religion and its symbols, Batra said some "like-minded" academicians are already working on the blueprint.
"We have set up a commission Bharatiya Shiksha Niti Aayog which is preparing the blueprint for the Indianisation of the education system," Batra, who has been in news lately, told in an interview.
"It will take us three years to complete it and we will circulate it among people. Till now we have eight academicians in the commission and more will be included," said Batra, who has courted controversy with his professed aim to "saffronise" the Indian education system, an initiative that has been praised by the RSS.
His books eulogize Indian culture and at the same time are dismissive of western culture.