Chakra Discussions

Government School - a Further Concern

by Vsnurata das

Posted May 29, 2006

Further to the debate on whether it was right for Bhaktivedanta Manor to acquiesce to a newspaper's request to ethnically select children to represent the Manor's new Government-funded Hindu school ("Racism in ISKCON?"), the following additional concern can be raised: Would the Manor's initiative to launch a 'Hindu' school, which would have to teach the government syllabus, have been authorised by Srila Prabhupada at all? The following letter seems to answer this question:

"As soon as possible we should open our own school and teach children KC through English medium, that is one of our programs. Our school will not be government recognized because we cannot follow the government syllabus. We want to teach only Krishna Consciousness." (Srila Prabhupada Letter to Giriraja, 12 April 1972, Sydney).