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Petition to Hon. PM Modi – Give Representation To Arts and Classical Indic Heritage in National Education Policy


Shri Narendra Modi

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 TSR 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 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.

Please note that this petition is meant for a special constituency, as listed here under. Please sign only if you belong to this constituency.



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

Prof. Braj Basi Lal (Hony. Dlitt.; Padma Bhushan), Retd. Director General, Arch. Surv. of India
Prof. Chandra Mohan, Retired Professor of English Univ of Delhi, General Secretary, Comp Literature Assn of India
Prof. Girish Nath Jha, Ph.D., Special Center for Sanskrit Studies, JNU, New Delhi
Dr. Alka Tyagi, Delhi University
Dr. Alok Pandey
Dr. Amit Kumar Verma, Visva Bharati University, Shantiniketan, W.B.
Dr. Ananda Shankar Jayant, Ph.D., Shankarananda Kalakshetra
Dr. Anuradha Choudry, Ph.D., IIT Kharagpur
Dr. Avaroth Harindranath, Ph.D., Retired Professor
Dr. Chandrima Majumdar, Sarod Player
Dr. C.N. Krishnan, Ph.D., Retired University Professor
Dr. Deepika Kothari, Ph.D., Independent Researcher
Dr. Gauri Mishra, University of Delhi
Dr. Indrani Rampersad, Ph.D., Retired Professor
DR. JAYAPRABHA MENON, Trained Artist, International Acadmey of Mohiniyattam
Dr. Kiran Naik, Masters, Hospital
Dr. K.R. Upendra, Kerala Kalamandalam deemed University
Dr. Kumud Diwan, Kumud Diwan Foundation of Classical Music and Dance
Dr. Madan Lal Goel, University of West Florida
Dr. Manohar Shinde, Dharma Civilization Foundation
Dr. Prakash Shah, Department of Law, Queen Mary, University of London
Dr. Premen Addy, Ph.D., Retired
Dr. Rabinder Koul,
Dr. Raj Kumar Sharma, Masters, Registrar, Pt B D Sharma University of Health Science, Rohtak
Dr. Raj Vedam, Ph.D.
Dr. Ramdas Lamb, Ph.D., University of Hawai’i
Dr. Ramesh Rao, Ph.D., Columbus State University
Dr. R. Ganesh, IGNCA Â SRC, Bangalore
Dr. R. Nagaswamy, Ph.D., Retired
Dr. Sarita Pathak Yajurvedi, Bharati College University of Delhi
Dr. Shive Chaturvedi
Dr. Shrikant A Jamadagni, Retired
Dr. Subhash Kak, Oklahoma State University, USA
Dr. T. GANESAN, French Institute of Pondicherry
Dr. T.R. Narasimha Rao, Professor-Emeritus & Global Convener, International Association of Indic Academicians
Dr. T.R. Venkatesh Murthy, Ph.D.
Dr. T.S.Rukmani, Professor Emeritus, Concordia University, Montreal Canada
Dr. Vaishnavi Nishankar, School ov Vedic Sciences, MIT ADT University, Pune
Dr. V. Ananda Reddy, Director
Dr. Veeranarayana Pandurangi, Karntaka Samskrit University
Dr. Vinayachandra B. K., Veda Vijnana Shodha Samsthanam
Dr. V.N. Jha, Sanskrit Scholar
Dr. Yashodhan Joshi, Ph.D., CEO, Ravish Systems
Dr. Yogini Deshpande, Purdue University
Rajiv Malhotra, Author and President, Infinity Foundation, USA
Suvir Misra, Trained Artist, Beenkar Academy of Rudra Veena
Radha Rajan, Author
Yogendra Kumar, Former Ambassador
Yukti Gupt, Dance Teacher
Madhu Purnima Kishwar, National Professor, ICSSR, Founder of Manushi, DCRC, Delhi University
Prachand Praveer, Author and Poet, IIT Delhi
Mahesh Manzar, Poet
Ruma Chakravarty, Masters, Founder SurManjari
Rashma Naveen Kalsie, Founder Indian Diaspora Dramatics Association, Australia
Mohan Krishna Tikku, Jounalist / Author
Anju Agarwal, Bachelors, Artist
Ashwin Kumar Rao, Education Consultant
Abhinav Agarwal, Masters, IndiaFacts
Ajay Sudame, Bachelors
Ajeet Choudhary, Bachelors, Student
Alok Kushwah, Masters, RGPV bhopal MP
Aniruddhs, Bachelors, Member of ICSI
Ankit Khemka, Masters, ICICI
Anoop Kumar, Masters, MU
Anshul Kayastha, Masters, EMC
Aparna Phadke, Masters
A. Ranjith Reddy, Bachelors, SASTRA UNIVERSITY
Arpitha Gowda, Bachelors
Arun Naik, Bachelors
Ashish Dhariwal, Bachelors, St. Xaviers
Ashish Dhar, Pragyata
Ashok Singh, Engineering
Atul Borkar, Masters, GIM
Bakul Jani, Bachelors, RVCA
B. Dash, Masters, Delhi University
Bharat Chandra Dasa, Centre for Traditional Education
Bhindi Dharmesh Kishorebhai, ISKCON
Dimple, Masters
Dinesh Kamath, Bachelors, Spectrum Energy Services, Mumbai
D. V. Sridharan, Retired
Hari Prakash, KSU
Harisinh Barad, Bachelors, Bhavnagar university
Hemant Patel, Former President of The Indian Cultural Association of Alcatel-Lucent
Indrajit Mahurkar, Bachelors
Jagadish, Osmania Univ.
Jithendria Kumar Aravamudhan, Masters
Kanakuntla Sai Kiran Reddy, Bachelors, Manipal Institute of Technology
Kunal Shirke, Masters
K. Venkateswara Rao, Bachelors
Madhavi Puranam, Masters, Nartanam
Manohar Seetharam, Masters, Qualcomm, India
M. Pramod Kumar, M.S.
Muralidhar Koteshwar, Bachelors, Vyakti Vikas Kendra
M V Jagannath, Bachelors, Anglo Eastern Ship Management
Pankaj Prasad, Masters, IIM C alumnus
Preya Devi, Masters
Priyank, Bachelors
Priya, Student
Purvi Dharmesh Buch, Bachelors, Teacher at school
Radhakrishna G. Seshappa, Sadguru Sri Thyagabrahma Aradhana Kainkarya Trust
Raghuram, School Teacher
Rahul Purandare, Bachelors
Rajesh J. Dave, Engineer
Ram Charan, Bachelors
Ranjith A.R., Kerala University
Ratan Sharda, Masters, Vishwa Adhyayan Kendra Mumbai
Ravi Prakash, University of Delhi
Ravi Srivastava, Bachelors, Maritime Institute  LBS CAMSAR
Ripudaman Pachauri, Engineer
Rishi Arora, Masters
R. Venkatanarayanan, Retired IAS
Sagar chandras, Bachelors
Saiswaroopa Pinni, Masters
Samir K Giri, Bachelors, YCMOU ,NASIK
Sandeep Raina, Bachelors, BITS Pilani
Sanjay Sharma, Bachelors, Jodhpur University
S ANUJAN, Cochin University of Science and Technology
Sarajit Guha, Film-maker
Sathya Narayanan Neelakanta Sharma, IIT Madras
Satya Dayanand, School teacher
Satya Narayana Dasa, Jiva Institute of Vedic Studies
Shailendra Aima, Jagriti Mission
Shanmukha Srinivas, Bachelors, teacher
Shefali Vaidya, Media Vidya
Shekhar Mohanty, Masters, PSU
Shreevidhya Nagarajan, Masters, Middle School Teacher in CBSE based school
Shripad K.H., Bachelors, Bombay University
Shrivathsa, Teacher
Siddhant Tripathi, Masters, Student
S. Jayachandran, Teacher
Srinivas Rao, Masters
Sumit Jhalani, Masters, Professor
Sunilkumar Bhatacharjya, Retired Scientist
Surya B., Masters
Surya Viswanadham H., Masters, Retired
Tulasidas Pai, Government of Goa
Usha R.K., Masters
Utkarsh Raj, Bachelors, Patna university
Vaishali Sharma, Indrakala sangeet vishwavidyalaya
Vedprakash Sharma, Delhi Government, Directorate of Education
Veerendrakumar, Masters, BEC Bagalkot
Vidula Hemant, Ph.D. candidate, Tilak Maharashtra Vidyapeeth, Pune
Vikash Agrawal, Bachelors, University of Calcutta
Vinayak Sridhar, Masters
Vineet Aggarwal, M.S.
Vishal kumar, Ramjas College, DU
Vivek Ranjan, Masters, Student
Mr. Syama Mishra, Masters
Mr. Navdeep Kumar Uppal, Masters, Institute of chartered financial analysis of india.
Mr. Ramkumar krishnamachari, CA, ICAI
Dr. Harwant Chhabra, Doctorate, Indian Institute of Management, Shillong
Mr. Anuraag Saxena, Masters, India Pride Project
Dr. Jay Bhattacharjee, Masters
Mrs. Rati Ganapati, Hegde, Masters, Blogger at BharatNiti.in, Hindupost.in, Speakingtree.in, Postcard.news, Boloji.com
Mr. Prahlad Singh, Bachelors, MD university
Mr. PRAKASH BHAT, Bachelors
Dr. J.P. Jain, Bachelors, art of living
Mr. Sushil Pandit, Bachelors, Indian Institute of Mass Communication
Mr. Himanshu Mohan Pathak, Bachelors, Software engineer
Vice Admiral Subhash C. Chopra, Masters, National Defense Academy,Pune, Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, National Defense College, New Delhi.
Mr. Arun Kumar Dwivedi, Bachelors, Bachelor degree in commerce
Mr. Omprakash Trigunait, Masters, Professional
Dr. Jatinder Bhan, FRCP(C)
Dr. David Frawley, D.Litt., American Institute of Vedic Studies
Mr. Piyushkumar Mehta, Traditional (Gurukul/Sanskrit) Training, Indus Institute of Special Studies
Dr. Yvette Clarie RamRani Rosser, Doctorate, India Foundation
Dr. Praveen Pandya, Doctorate, Principal, Govt Sr Sec School Sanchore
Dr. Sanjay Dwivedi, Doctorate, Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan
Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh, Doctorate, Director, Ranga Mandira Academy of World Dance/ Performance and Indic Studies
Mr. Susheel K. Mittal, Bachelors, D. K. Printworld (a Publisher of Indian Culture)
Mr. Sreejit Datta, Masters, Ph.D. student, Centre for Comparative Literature, Bhasha Bhabana, Visva-Bharati and Hindustani Vocalist
Mr. Nithin S, Bachelors IndiaFacts Research Centre, Advaita Academy
Mr. Jay JINA, Masters, Open University, United Kingdom
Mr. Shankara Bharadwaj Khandavalli, Masters, Editor and Director, Hindupedia. Employed in private service and a student of Indian Knowledge Systems.
Mr. Govindraj Kasul, Masters



  1. Madan Lal Goel July 8, 2017 at 8:57 pm

    I have signed the petition and also written a comment.

  2. Dr Chandrima Majumdar July 11, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    I fully support the inclusion of artists in forming educational policies.

  3. V N Jha July 12, 2017 at 6:38 am

    I support. Education policy of a country must consult the cultural records of that country. All records are in Sanskrit. Hence in the committee Sanskrit expert is a must.

  4. Radha Rajan July 13, 2017 at 4:40 am

    The BJP government is expected to root governance in the values of our civilization and the Hindu civilization’s unique worldview. This entails radical departure from Nehruvian governance. I cannot imagine how this government hopes to draft any policy without rooting it in Sanskrit and the ocean of knowledge it has produced in all shapes of human activity.

  5. Jagadish July 13, 2017 at 11:17 am

    Cultural aspects are important to be taught from schooling

  6. Beloo Mehra July 18, 2017 at 6:41 am

    Thoughtfully designed arts education helps build the deeper character and emotional-mental nature of the learners. Arts are education for the soul. No nation can afford to ignore this aspect of education.

  7. Niharika Krishnamurthy July 20, 2017 at 2:37 pm

    History Indigenous people with ancient wisdom has always been successful in our lives. Indian traditional education system is time tested. We must deploy that and come out of western education system.

  8. Rakesh Bhandari July 20, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Civilization studies are the foundation of all knowledge. To reclaim our heritage government should mandate study of all Indian languages including Sanskrit along with pre colonial history.

  9. Jeffery D. Long July 21, 2017 at 2:02 pm

    Education in the arts and humanities is essential to the preservation and perpetuation of cultural heritage. Indic culture is a wellspring of ideas and practices with enormous potential to benefit all of humanity. Neglecting it and directing the best minds only to science and technology is to deprive both India and the world of this potential.

  10. Yvette RamRani Rosser July 22, 2017 at 8:24 am

    India’s traditional knowledge systems must be presented to India’s students to teach them the value of their heritage. The profundity of India’s past has unfortunately been excluded from textbooks for all the decades since independence. Instead, the colonial curriculum was retained in India’s schools. This must finally change! In 2015, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting published “Essential Writings of Dharampal”. That excellent book should be required reading of all students. Much of the philosophical, grammatical, astronomical, and scientific brilliance of ancient India, the verifiable history is only marginally covered in the Indian curriculum… and often, unfortunately presented in a disparaging manner. This must change and Indian children must be introduced to their own culture and the legacy of its significance to the modern world. Please implement the incredible curriculum developed by a CBSE team, in 2013 who prepared the material for a course for classes XI and XII, entitled “Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India”. Thank you.

  11. Yvette RamRani Rosser July 22, 2017 at 8:26 am

    In 2015, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting published “Essential Writings of Dharampal” which should be required reading of all students. Indian children must be introduced to their own culture and the legacy of its significance to the modern world. We must immediately implement the incredible curriculum developed by a CBSE team, in 2013 who prepared the material for a course for classes XI and XII, entitled “Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India”. Thank you.

  12. Yvette RamRani Rosser July 22, 2017 at 8:27 am

    The “Essential Writings of Dharampal” (2015, The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting ) should be required reading of all students. We must immediately implement the incredible curriculum developed by a CBSE team, in 2013 who prepared the material for a course for classes XI and XII, entitled “Knowledge Traditions and Practices of India”. Thank you.

  13. Rahul Varma P July 22, 2017 at 8:47 am


  14. Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh July 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I believe that incorporating humanities in the policy level is the key to cultivating empathetic innovators and global leaders

  15. Radhavallabh Tripathi July 23, 2017 at 4:36 am

    I have sighed the petition and fully support the move by Bharat Gupt.

  16. Radhavallabh Tripathi July 23, 2017 at 4:37 am


  17. Anand M Sharan July 23, 2017 at 12:32 pm

    Before anything, the government should require all schools to teach – how to be moral, live clean like eat fresh food , and drink clean water, and drive in discipline manner. India is a country plagued by water borne diseases, and untimely deaths and injuries due to accidents on roads where people drive carelessly. India has vehicles which can run on high speeds but the drivers without proper training in safe driving.
    Anand M Sharan
    Professor, Engineering

  18. Umesh Thakore July 26, 2017 at 12:49 am

    I fully support the petition

  19. Dr.Jagmohan Sharma July 26, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Agreed with this petition

  20. Narpatsinh G Chudasama July 26, 2017 at 11:51 am

    I personally believes that our Vedic culture should be incorporated in academic curriculum. I support this petition.

  21. Dr. Veda Vrata Aalok July 28, 2017 at 9:30 am

    This is very much a timely petition, I feel!
    We do see a growing effort by some power-monger politicians to unduly raise issues of a fake Muslim oppression by Hindus, perhaps to create a Muslim Front! In such a distressed scenario, it is pertinent to revive our ancient history and heritage in its real ‘Open-minded Spiritual Spirit’, which was first distorted by Foreign rulers, Mughals and Britishers alike; and then purposely continued by the British-established Congress Party in India, which solely followed English-obsessed Nehru-Dynasty!

  22. Shubhendra Rao August 1, 2017 at 6:33 am

    Absolutely important that Arts education is given due importance in the development of a child. I believe that a child’s education starts 9 months before it enters this world and as such, the earlier we are able to give them quality arts education, the better.


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