Wednesday, June 7, 2023

NCM working on school ‘textbook’ to promote interfaith bonhomie

To quell misconceptions and promote interfaith bonhomie, the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) is working on finalising the draft of what could take the shape of a textbook for schoolchildren with basic information on all six recognised minority religions and Hinduism, reports the Times of India.
There are six religions in India that have been awarded the minority status– Islam, Christianity, Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism (Parsis).
Speaking on the sidelines of a daylong conference of state minorities commissions this week, NCM chairman Iqbal Singh Lalpura elaborated that the commission plans to send the draft to PMO once it is finalised and recommend that the government consider making the book part of school curriculum, so that children understand the basic idea, rituals and history of various religions. “The members of the Commission are working on finalising the draft,” Lalpura said.
As part of efforts to prevent miscreants from spreading communal hatred, NCM has also written to Union home minister Amit Shah, seeking that directions may be given to the states for measures to create a mechanism to check isolated vigilante groups to prevent them from creating communal disharmony.
In a bid to expand the outreach of the Commission, he said NCM would soon will bring an app that will allow people to register their concerns and complaints from anywhere and at any time.


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