//Jaipur schools draped in saffron

Jaipur schools draped in saffron

Swati Vashishtha, CNN IBN, Updated 1356 hrs IST (+GMT 5:30), 28.12.05

Jaipur: At this tender age education for most young children in Rajasthan now comes with a colour – saffron. The Rajasthan government now wants the taxpayers’ money from the MLA-LAD funds to support the Adarsh Vidya Mandir schools run by the RSS. This means at least 50 Adarsh Vidya Mandir schools in the state will now receive donations up to Rs 10 lakh each from BJP legislators.

"For things like library and various repair work there is a provision of just Rs 5 lakh and then the government wants to provide funds from MLA’s LAD funds to schools that propagate an ideology that’s far from secular." says Saiyam Lodha, a Congress leader. After the controversy over the saffronisation of education in Rajasthan by introducing Bhojan Mantra and related contents in the syllabi, the Vasundhara Raje government is on the defensive now.

"The Congress wants to fix the blame on the RSS for everything, even for Sonia Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi having a baby! For something happening in the US as well they want to hold the RSS responsible," says Kalu Lal Gurjar, State Minister for Rural Development.

The Adarsh Vidya Mandir schools do not follow the state education board’s curriculum but are run instead on the RSS ideology. Political analysts see the move as an obvious attempt by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje to add numbers to the RSS logsheet.