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There is no ‘Article 30(A)’ in the Constitution which bans teaching ‘Gita’ and ‘Ramayana’ in schools


A post is being shared widely on social media with a claim that only removing the Article 30A will allow schools to teach ‘Gita’ and ‘Ramayana’. Let’s try to analyze the claim made in the post.

The archived version of the post can be found here.

Claim: Article 30A restricts teaching ‘Gita’ and ‘Ramayana’ at schools.

Fact: There is no Article 30A in the Indian Constitution. Also, Article 30 (1, 1A and 2) deals with the ‘rights of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions’. Hence the claim made in the post is FALSE.   

When searched about the Article 30A in the Indian Constitution, it was found that there is no ‘Article 30A’ in the constitution. There are articles 30(1), 30(1A) and 30. But, they also deal with the ‘rights of minorities to establish and administer educational institutions’.

Article 30(1) enables all the minorities (based on religion or language) to establish and administer the educational institutions of their choice. The National Commission for Minority Educational Institutions (NCMEI) was set up in 2004 and protects the rights of minorities enshrined in Article 30. The guidelines released by the NCMEI for the ‘determination of Minority Status, Recognition, Affiliation and related matters in respect of Minority Educational Institutions under the Constitution of India’ can be read here. Also, an overview of the educational development of Minorities can be read here.

To sum it up, there is no ‘Article 30(A)’ in the Constitution which bans teaching ‘Gita’ and ‘Ramayana’ in schools.

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  2. If this Article 30(A) provides all minority sections with there respective educational propaganda with a religious based educational background, then why religious based identities ( Muslims and even though in some parts of the state, Muslims are not minorities) get to set up Madrasa Schools and Universities ?!!

    In many parts of the country, hindu lacks it’s majority but, they are not considered as minority.?! Why?!

    If any so called minority sections like Muslims , Christans can openly teach Quran or Bible in their Madrasa Schools or Missionaries, then is it not unfair not to teach Bhagavad Geeta in Governmental Schools as there are no such proper Vedic Schools or ashrams..??!!

    Also, in some governmental schools in West Bengal, students are not allowed to perform Sarqswati Puja,…Is this not a shear form of Hipocracy….??

    A very influential and corrupt practice has been followed in our Constitution on this Article 3O(A). All the other religions which came to India in the form of Invasions and Oppressions can be practiced in schools easily as they are minorities, but , the very true religion which evolved from this land cannot be practiced in schools because they are in majorities….!! And Government Schools are secular…which means Hinduism cannot be practiced or professed there also….now tell me….is this not unfair or unequal for us…??!

    Many vedic schools are demolised in these few hundred years, and the constitution is telling every people has the right to practice, profess their own religion( only individually, not collectively in the form of any organised schools or educational institutions )….why…??!!

  3. raghunandanan on

    Why these facts came up only now after 70 years of the constitution. Were we all including constitution experts and law students sleeping or did any body knew about these

  4. Raj Kumari Arora on

    Actually,the facts should come in the limelight so that there may be justice for public .Now the so-called minorities are in the category of majority.The time has come to revise the constitution .