Ranchi: Shankaracharya Swaroopanand Saraswati on Friday requested the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) to consider including Hindu scriptures in college and university curriculum to “prevent cultural degeneration” among Hindu students.
The 91-year-old religious leader, who heads the four mathas (Dwaraka and Jyotirmath), said there is a sense of “growing faithlessness” among Hindu youth as compared to Islamic and Christian youth.
A freedom fighter who even served a prison term for participating in the Quit India movement in 1942, Saraswati supported the Centre in the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) row. However, he believes beating and jailing students was not the best solution. “Students today are atheists. They do not have spiritual knowledge and have no regard for culture and tradition. There will be no nationalist sentiments with culture and tradition,” Saraswati said.