We'll receive a $25,000 grant if others match it by Pentecost. $23,765 to go. Your gift will be doubled!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

School texts in India promote Hindu extremism, Jesuit charges

Catholic World News - August 26, 2014

The Jesuit director of a human-rights center in India has charged that the state of Gujarat promotes anti-Christian ideologies in its schools, the Fides news service reports.

Father Cedric Prakash, SJ, said that text used in the schools of Gujarat have fueled Hindu extremism. He said that Hindu nationalists “are now aiming at manipulating the public education system” to promote their goals.

Father Prakash pointed to books that, he said, “propagate fascist ideology” and undermine India’s commitment to pluralism. “The books are full of myths and falsehoods, superstitions and prejudices, with gross distortions and manipulations,” he said.

The texts in question were published early this year, and drew praise from Narendra Modi—who was then prime minister of Gujarat, and is now prime minister of India.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Our Spring Challenge Grant
Progress toward our Spring Challenge Grant goal ($23,765 to go):
$25,400.00 $1,635.00
94% 6%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Matching Campaign
Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

A silent scandal: Catholic schools promoting morally unacceptable vaccines April 24
A More Militant Church? April 24
How we'll know if the Vatican and the US hierarchy are serious about deposing negligent bishops April 24
Final take on the LCWR: A time to plant, a time to uproot April 24
With the LCWR, has the Vatican taken Gamaliel's advice? April 24

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope challenges world leaders' silence on persecution of Christians CWN - April 6
Pope outlines plans for the extraordinary jubilee of mercy CWN - April 13
Vatican completes doctrinal assessment of Leadership Conference of Women Religious CWN - April 16
Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Finn CWN - April 21