Mahabharat and Ramayan will be taught in Saudi schools

By: Arshad Bhatti      Published: 12:46 AM, 30 Apr, 2021
Mahabharat and Ramayan will be taught in Saudi schools

Mahabharat and Ramayan will be taught in Saudi schools, reported the Indian Media.  

According to the Indian media, Mahabharat and Ramayan will soon be taught in the schools of Saudi Arabia. This decision has been taken under the vision 2030 initiative of the Saudi Crown Prince.

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Indian media dubbed it a big step towards inclusiveness.

An Indian media outlet in its report says, “It’s a significant message of coexistence and it's a reminder of the organic relationship India shares with the Saudi Kingdom. This may just be the most significant step towards inclusiveness from the de-facto leader of the Islamic World and a message of coexistence. The land of Mecca and Madina, the birthplace of Islam will now teach epics like Ramayan and Mahabharata in schools.”

The Indian media further say that the decision has been taken by the Saudi Crown Prince himself. It is part of Mohammed bin Salman Vision 2030 for his kingdom.  

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An announcement was made by the Nouf Almarwaai, Padma Shri awardee, and the first certified Saudi Yogacharya for the yoga teacher.

She put out screenshots of her son’s exam paper which included questions on Hinduism and its beliefs. Soon schools in the kingdom are expected to adopt a similar curriculum.

What will the new curriculum include; the history of Hinduism and Buddhism, the teachings of Ramayana and Mahabharata, the concepts of Karma and Dharma, and the importance of yoga and Ayurveda.

Riyadh says it aims to create a coexistent, moderate, and tolerant generation.

An estimated 440,000 Hindus already live in the Kingdom. This is the second biggest Indian diaspora in the Arab world after the UAE. In fact, Indians make the largest community of expats in Saudi Arabia.  26.3% of the total migrant population in the country is from India. On the political front, bilateral ties are stronger than ever

Now when India is struggling with a critical shortage of medical supplies, Saudi Arabia is shipping 18 metric tons of oxygen as a gesture of goodwill.

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