Petition to Prime Minister Modi: Give Representation to Arts and Classical Indic Heritage in National Education Policy – Dr Bharat Gupt

Thomas Babington Macaulay


Shri Narendra Modi
Hon’ble Prime Minister of India
New Delhi

Aadaraniya Modi-ji,

The government has appointed a nine-member committee under space scientist K. Kasturirangan’s leadership to prepare the final draft for the New Education Policy (NEP), but does not contain a single Sanskrit expert, artist, musician or philosopher. The exclusion of not only arts but also humanities, social sciences, and traditional systems of knowledge is complete.

Sir, it is true that your Government has been very assiduously conducting a country-wide survey collecting opinion from all possible quarters about what the NEP should be. Perhaps no other Government has been so democratic so far. But even the earlier T.S.R. Subramanium committee did not recommend any serious changes to enlarge the areas of subjects and disciplines to be taught from nursery to PhD, nor in the methodology and environment of teaching. Did the people of India express no dissatisfaction with what is being taught since British days?

The new committee chosen by the new HRD minister has given the task just to some different individuals from the same class, namely the same bureaucracy and hence not likely to suggest anything new.

Sir, education in India is hung in a time warp from which all the colonized nations have freed themselves. What India has prided itself throughout its history, that is arts and culture, has been relegated to an extra-curricular status in schools and colleges. Education without arts, humanities, religion and darshanas was the master stroke to uproot Indians from their heritage. This should be remedied now, to produce morally upright citizens. For honesty, you need, more than laptops, a sense of dharma.

A concerted effort needs to be made to reinstate the arts as a creative, therapeutic and moral force in our educational system, print and electronic media. We sincerely hope you will intervene and include in the NEP panel some experts with proven record from the fields of arts and humanities, especially those who are steeped in Indian systems of knowledge to create an integrated education for India.

We the undersigned demand substantial representation from experts in Arts, Sanskrit and other Heritage related disciplines in the educational policy making.


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Principal Petitioner: Dr. Bharat Gupt, Former Faculty, Delhi University
and the distinguished co-petitioners as follows:

  1. Prof. Braj Basi Lal (Hony. Dlitt.; Padma Bhushan), Retd. Director General, Arch. Surv. of India
  2. Prof. Chandra Mohan, Retired Professor of English Univ of Delhi, General
  3. Secretary, Comp Literature Assn of India
  4. Prof. Girish Nath Jha, Ph.D., Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, JNU, New Delhi
  5. Dr. Alka Tyagi, Delhi University
  6. Dr. Alok Pandey
  7. Dr. Amit Kumar Verma, Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan, W.B.
  8. Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant, Ph.D., Shankarananda Kalakshetra
  9. Dr. Anuradha Choudry, Ph.D., IIT Kharagpur
  10. Dr. Avaroth Harindranath, Ph.D., Retired Professor
  11. Dr. Chandrima Majumdar, Sarod Player
  12. Dr. C.N. Krishnan, Ph.D., Retired University Professor
  13. Dr. Deepika Kothari, Ph.D., Independent Researcher
  14. Dr. Gauri Mishra, University of Delhi
  15. Dr. Indrani Rampersad, Ph.D., Retired Professor
  16. Dr. Jayaprabha Menon, Trained Artist, International Academy of Mohiniyattam
  17. Dr. Kiran Naik, Masters, Hospital
  18. Dr. K.R. Upendra, Kerala Kalamandalam deemed University
  19. Dr. Kumud Diwan, Kumud Diwan Foundation of Classical Music and Dance
  20. Dr. Madan Lal Goel, University of West Florida
  21. Dr. Manohar Shinde, Dharma Civilization Foundation
  22. Dr. Prakash Shah, Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
  23. Dr. Premen Addy, Ph.D., Retired
  24. Dr. Rabinder Koul
  25. Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma, Masters, Registrar, Pt B D Sharma University of Health Science, Rohtak
  26. Dr. Raj Vedam, Ph.D.
  27. Dr. Ramdas Lamb, Ph.D., University of Hawai’i
  28. Dr. Ramesh Rao, Ph.D., Columbus State University
  29. Dr. R. Ganesh, IGNCA Â SRC, Bangalore
  30. Dr. R. Nagaswamy, Ph.D., Retired
  31. Dr. Sarita Pathak Yajurvedi, Bharati College University of Delhi
  32. Dr. Shive Chaturvedi
  33. Dr. Shrikant A. Jamadagni, Retired
  34. Dr. Subhash Kak, Oklahoma State University, USA
  35. Dr. T. GANESAN, French Institute of Pondicherry
  36. Dr. T.R. Narasimha Rao, Professor-Emeritus & Global Convener, International Association of Indic Academicians
  37. Dr. T.R. Venkatesh Murthy, Ph.D.
  38. Dr. T.S.Rukmani, Professor Emeritus, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada
  39. Dr. Vaishnavi Nishankar, School ov Vedic Sciences, MIT ADT University, Pune
  40. Dr. V. Ananda Reddy, Director
  41. Dr. Vandita Madhuhasini Arora, Retired
  42. Dr. Veeranarayana Pandurangi, Karntaka Samskrit University
  43. Dr. Vinayachandra B. K., Veda Vijnana Shodha Samsthanam
  44. Dr. V.N. Jha, Sanskrit Scholar
  45. Dr. Yashodhan Joshi, Ph.D., CEO, Ravish Systems
  46. Dr. Yogini Deshpande, Purdue University
  47. Rajiv Malhotra, Author and President, Infinity Foundation, USA
  48. Suvir Misra, Trained Artist, Beenkar Academy of Rudra Veena
  49. Radha Rajan, Author
  50. Yogendra Kumar, Former Ambassador
  51. Yukti Gupt, Dance Teacher
  52. Madhu Purnima Kishwar, National Professor, ICSSR, Founder of Manushi, DCRC, Delhi University
  53. Prachand Praveer, Author and Poet, IIT Delhi
  54. Mahesh Manzar, Poet
  55. Ruma Chakravarty, Masters, Founder SurManjari
  56. Rashma Naveen Kalsie, Founder Indian Diaspora Dramatics Association, Australia
  57. Mohan Krishna Tikku, Jounalist / Author
  58. Anju Agarwal, Bachelors, Artist
  59. Ashwin Kumar Rao, Education Consultant
  60. Abhinav Agarwal, Masters, IndiaFacts
  61. Ajay Sudame, Bachelors
  62. Ajeet Choudhary, Bachelors, Student
  63. Alok Kushwah, Masters, RGPV, Bhopal, MP
  64. Aniruddhs, Bachelors, Member of ICSI
  65. Ankit Khemka, Masters, ICICI
  66. Anoop Kumar, Masters, MU
  67. Anshul Kayastha, Masters, EMC
  68. Aparna Phadke, Masters
  69. A. Ranjith Reddy, Bachelors, Sastra University
  70. Arpitha Gowda, Bachelors
  71. Arun Naik, Bachelors
  72. Ashish Dhariwal, Bachelors, St. Xaviers
  73. Ashish Dhar, Pragyata
  74. Ashok Singh, Engineering
  75. Atul Borkar, Masters, GIM
  76. Bakul Jani, Bachelors, RVCA
  77. B. Dash, Masters, Delhi University
  78. Bharat Chandra Dasa, Centre for Traditional Education
  79. Bhindi Dharmesh Kishorebhai, ISKCON
  80. Dimple, Masters
  81. Dinesh Kamath, Bachelors, Spectrum Energy Services, Mumbai
  82. D. V. Sridharan, Retired
  83. Hari Prakash, KSU
  84. Harisinh Barad, Bachelors, Bhavnagar university
  85. Hemant Patel, Former President of The Indian Cultural Association of Alcatel-Lucent
  86. Indrajit Mahurkar, Bachelors
  87. Jagadish, Osmania Univ.
  88. Jithendria Kumar Aravamudhan, Masters
  89. Kanakuntla Sai Kiran Reddy, Bachelors, Manipal Institute of Technology
  90. Kunal Shirke, Masters
  91. K. Venkateswara Rao, Bachelors
  92. Madhavi Puranam, Masters, Nartanam
  93. Manohar Seetharam, Masters, Qualcomm, India
  94. M. Pramod Kumar, M.S.
  95. Muralidhar Koteshwar, Bachelors, Vyakti Vikas Kendra
  96. M. V. Jagannath, Bachelors, Anglo Eastern Ship Management
  97. Pankaj Prasad, Masters, IIM, C alumnus
  98. Preya Devi, Masters
  99. Priyank, Bachelors
  100. Priya, Student
  101. Purvi Dharmesh Buch, Bachelors, Teacher at school
  102. Radhakrishna G. Seshappa, Sadguru Sri Thyagabrahma Aradhana Kainkarya Trust
  103. Raghuram, School Teacher
  104. Rahul Purandare, Bachelors
  105. Rajesh J. Dave, Engineer
  106. Ram Charan, Bachelors
  107. Ranjith A.R., Kerala University
  108. Ratan Sharda, Masters, Vishwa Adhyayan Kendra Mumbai
  109. Ravi Prakash, University of Delhi
  110. Ravi Srivastava, Bachelors, Maritime Institute, Â LBS Camsar
  111. Ripudaman Pachauri, Engineer
  112. Rishi Arora, Masters
  113. R. Venkatanarayanan, Retired IAS
  114. Sagar chandras, Bachelors
  115. Saiswaroopa Pinni, Masters
  116. Samir K Giri, Bachelors, YCMOU, NASIK
  117. Sandeep Raina, Bachelors, BITS Pilani
  118. Sanjay Sharma, Bachelors, Jodhpur University
  119. S. Anujan, Cochin University of Science and Technology
  120. Sarajit Guha, Film-maker
  121. Sathya Narayanan Neelakanta Sharma, IIT Madras
  122. Satya Dayanand, School Teacher
  123. Satya Narayana Dasa, Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies
  124. Shailendra Aima, Jagriti Mission
  125. Shanmukha Srinivas, Bachelors, Teacher
  126. Shefali Vaidya, Media Vidya
  127. Shekhar Mohanty, Masters, PSU
  128. Shreevidhya Nagarajan, Masters, Middle School Teacher in CBSE-based school
  129. Shripad K.H., Bachelors, Bombay University
  130. Shrivathsa, Teacher
  131. Siddhant Tripathi, Masters, Student
  132. S. Jayachandran, Teacher
  133. Srinivas Rao, Masters
  134. Sumit Jhalani, Masters, Professor
  135. Sunilkumar Bhatacharjya, Retired Scientist
  136. Surya B., Masters
  137. Surya Viswanadham H., Masters, Retired
  138. Tulasidas Pai, Government of Goa
  139. Usha R.K., Masters
  140. Utkarsh Raj, Bachelors, Patna university
  141. Vaishali Sharma, Indrakala Sangeet Vishwavidyalaya
  142. Vedprakash Sharma, Delhi Government, Directorate of Education
  143. Veerendrakumar, Masters, BEC Bagalkot
  144. Vidula Hemant, Ph.D. candidate, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune
  145. Vikash Agrawal, Bachelors, University of Calcutta
  146. Vinayak Sridhar, Masters
  147. Vineet Aggarwal, M.S.
  148. Vishal kumar, Ramjas College, DU
  149. Vivek Ranjan, Masters, Student

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