A picture of two girls with Bhagwat Gita in their hands is viral yet again on social media claiming that according to the Netherland law, it is now compulsory for all dutch students from Grade 5 to study Bhagwat Gita as a part of their curriculum. Earlier this picture was highly shared in 2016 on various platforms.
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A similar post was shared in 2016 on Twitter and is being reshared in 2021 too.
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The girls in the above picture are not Dutch girls and the dutch students from Grade 5 don’t need to study Bhagwat Gita as a part of their curriculum.
While searching about the picture, we used reverse google image search and found a similar picture of two girls with Bhagwat Gita in their hands. The picture of the two girls was uploaded by the ISKON design tree website in September 2013.
We searched for the compulsory subjects for the Grade 5 students from the official website of the Government of Netherlands and found out that there was no reference of Bhagwat Gita for the students. Hence, the claim that the Netherlands has made it compulsory to study Bhagwat Gita is totally incorrect. The list of compulsory subjects includes Dutch, English, Arithmetic, Mathematics, Social and Environmental studies (including geography, history, biology, citizenship, road safety, and political studies), creative expression (including music, drawing, and handicrafts), sport, and movement.
We had already debunked the above fake news in December 2016 but it has been circulated again on various platforms.