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Smriti Irani slams criticism on ‘saffronisation’ of education

Author: Express News Service
Publication: The Indian Express
Date: June 9, 2015
URL:   http://indianexpress.com/article/india/india-others/smriti-irani-slams-criticism-on-saffronisation-of-education/

Talking about controversies around International Yoga Day, she said, “I wonder whether all the 175 nations who supported us at the UN for celebrating the day were as saffron as we are.”

Hitting back at allegations of “saffronisation” of education, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Monday said “everything Indian” should be valued and we should not shy away from our “inherent strength”.

Speaking at a conference organised by the Hindu Education Board, Irani referred to the criticism faced by mathematics professor at Princeton University, Manjul Bhargava, for learning the concept of maths through Sanskrit poems.

“…He is accused in television shows of saffronisation of mathematics. This is only possible in India that you have an ancient method of maths which is explored and applauded across the world, that becomes saffron back in India,” she said.

Hitting back at allegations of “saffronisation” of education, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani on Monday said “everything Indian” should be valued and we should not shy away from our “inherent strength”.

Speaking at a conference organised by the Hindu Education Board, Irani referred to the criticism faced by mathematics professor at Princeton University, Manjul Bhargava, for learning the concept of maths through Sanskrit poems.

“…He is accused in television shows of saffronisation of mathematics. This is only possible in India that you have an ancient method of maths which is explored and applauded across the world, that becomes saffron back in India,” she said.
 
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