Union Minister Giriraj Singh. (Photo Credit: PTI file)
Controversial Union Minister Giriraj Singh once again triggered a row on Thursday by targeting those who eat beef, saying that most Indian children who go abroad develop such a food habit as they are not being taught about “our culture and traditional values”.
"Bhagavad Gita should be taught in schools, we send our children to missionary schools, they get through IIT, become engineers, go abroad and most of them start eating beef. Why? Because we did not teach them about our culture and traditional values. Later, the parents complain that their children are not taking care of them." said Singh while speaking at the 'Shrimad Bhagwat Katha Gyapan' event in Begusarai on Wednesday.
The Union Minister also endorsed the need for implementing the teaching of Gita in schools.
"Therefore, schools should teach lessons of the verse (Shlok) of the Gita. In a survey of as many as 100 houses, we have found that Hanuman Chalisa was found in only 15 households and the books of Gita and Ramayana were found only in three houses. So, we cannot blame the children," Singh said.
Singh also India will only survive if its culture is saved.
Singh was pitted against the JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar from Begusarai in the Lok Sabha elections. What looked like a tough contest in the beginning became a cakewalk for him as he won the seat by a margin of more than 420,000 votes.