The two indispensable sources of ingenuity, the great epics in later times the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. These two books speak about the supreme way of life; they teach us what life ought to be. There lies an urge of teaching Ramayana and the Mahabharata in the minds of thousands of people.
The main question is Should Ramayana and the Mahabharata be taught in schools? Why not? The answer is a big yes. Such mythological books like Ramayana and the Mahabharata should definitely be taught in schools without even a second thought. These texts should not be taught as religious texts and not like history, rather as literature in the form of stories to develop the interest of the students. It is a part of the NDA government’s plan to rid the cultural pollution and instil values, ethics, morals in the minds of young children.
It should be made mandatory and these books should be a part of our culture so that the students are taught the teachings of Ramayana and the Mahabharata irrespective of caste, creed, gender etc. Ramayana teaches so much about life, and about many relationships- a relationship of a son and father, husband and wife and brother and a brother. These books should not be contemplated as religious books but as literature books.
Even countries like Mauritius and Indonesia have started acknowledging and perceiving the importance of these books. Schools today are emphasizing and giving more importance to foreign languages like German, French but ignoring Sanskrit and Hindi which is the biggest drawback of our education system.
The Ramayana is not just a religious book, an epic or a tale but an excellent medium of education to teach the students the values and principles of respecting and loving the members of the family. It has so much to offer and teach and its character plays the role of perfect ideals of a good father, son, brother, leader, wife etc.
THE GREATEST GEMS OF HINDI METHODOLOGY
Ramayana and Mahabharata two greatest gems of Hindi methodology should be made a compulsory subject in school by our education system which in turn also help in healing the religious divide.
The Ramayana and The Mahabharata are not simply stories of heroism, but they embody the socio-religious ideas of millions of people. Ramayana, one of the old and most valued and important scriptures that portrays the culture of India. It is a must study for all the students. The Ramayana and The Mahabharata teach every aspect of human life, it exposed the harsh realities of life.
The Ramayana and The Mahabharata are purely honest; they will teach the students the real meaning of honesty. They will act as a mirror for the students and make them face reality. The character Ram of the Ramayana will teach the students how to be highly realistic and Idealist people with good values in life. The story of Ramayana and Mahabharata has been told in such a realistic way that it seems to be the story of a common man which has a great appeal and impact in our society even today. Even though The Ramayana and The Mahabharata were written many centuries ago, they are still so well-known and prominent today.
Importance of the Ramayana and The Mahabharata- In the light of Education
Teaching Ramayana and The Mahabharata in schools is an attempt to instil spiritual values in children. These are works of knowledge and wisdom and no business should stand in the way of learning. This book includes a lot of wisdom, knowledge, values and principles which needs to be taught in a way that is easily understood and learn by students. Shakespeare being a British legacy is given so the importance and taught in schools, whereas our education system has failed and has ignored the two main sources of Hindi methodology.
These books are a big source of learning and will demonstrate the basic principles and ethics of life. Ramayana draws attention to the spirit of the people, the nature of ideal monarchy, patriotism towards motherland and human relations in perfect form.
For thousands of years, the people of India have derived inspiration from the lessons of the Ramayana to live a nobler and higher life. These books will make the children realise and teach the power of unity. Teaching Ramayana and Mahabharata will help students realise and accept their relationship with others, help in understanding the purpose of life.
It will make them understand that promises and commitments made to their teachers and parents should not be broken and they should be followed religiously. The way Lord Rama in Ramayana defeated the most intelligent person Ravan will make teach them that a person with good values and a noble heart will win the hearts of many people.
Mahabharata will emphasize students and teach them that how stepping into a bad company can ruin and destroy their life and make them more aware of making friends in real life. One of the most important aspects that students will learn is that being too emotional will sometimes be a weakness and help them fall into a bag trap. Mahabharata will elucidate that sometimes friends are the biggest enemies and make them teach to choose friends wisely being a lifelong lesson.
The government and the education system should make the teaching of the Ramayana and Mahabharata mandatory in schools so that children are inculcated with good human values and principles in life. The plot and politics of Ramayana and Mahabharata are so interesting, the excitement that it should definitely be taught in schools Instead of teaching English stories and tales which are so hypothetical and seems to be so monotonous and unreal.
These ancient books will develop an interest in the mind of students. These books will teach children about various aspects of life like love, duty and responsibility towards superiors, selflessness and much more. Every character in the Ramayana and Mahabharata pertain to extraordinary qualities that will convey some indispensable lessons of life.