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Delhi schools to teach ‘patriotism’ from next year

AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal (Photo: AP/Altaf Qadri)

The chief minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal, who was elected on an anti-corruption plank five years ago, says the 'patriotism curriculum' will instil in students the passion to make any sacrifice for their country.

Public schools in India’s national capital Delhi will start teaching a new subject beginning next academic year.

Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kajriwal announced all government schools will teach students ‘patriotism curriculum’ in order to inculcate in them the love for the country, terming it the “biggest gift to the nation”.

“We want every child to be a good human being after completing the education, be able to care for their family and become a true patriot,” Mr Kejriwal tweeted.

“Ordinarily we are reminded of our love for the country either when there is an India-Pakistan match or when there is tensions on the border,” Mr Kejriwal said while announcing the curriculum on Wednesday.  

“In our day-to-day lives we forget about our country. The ‘Deshbhakti’ [patriotism] curriculum is being introduced so that each and every citizen of this country truly loves their country,” he said.

The former bureaucrat and Ramon Magsaysay Award winner said the ‘patriotism curriculum’ will teach the students to be proud of their country and will instil in them the passion to make any sacrifice for it.

Last year, the Delhi government introduced a ‘happiness curriculum’ in the state-run schools in which the students are taught ways to beat the stress of studies.

An engineering graduate from India’s elite tech institute, Mr Kejriwal resigned as an Indian Revenue Service officer to join the anti-corruption movement and then launched his political party. He became the chief minister of a minority government in Delhi in 2013 but resigned after 49 days. He was agains sworn in as the chief minister in February 2015 after a massive victory in the Delhi Legislative Assembly election.

Earlier this month, Mr Kejriwal supported Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s move to repeal Article 370 of the Indian constitution that stripped Kashmir of its special status.  

In the parliamentary election in May this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party, BJP, swept all the six parliamentary seats in Delhi. The state is going to polls again to elect the next legislative assembly later this year. 

Mr Kejriwal was awarded Ramon Magsaysay award in 2006 in recognition of his work against corruption that gave an impetus to the right to information legislation in India.

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