Swami Bodhamayananda, director of Vivekananda Institute of Human Excellence, Ramakrishna Math, Hyderabad on Monday released the book “Rich tradition, richer heritage” authored by Surendralal G Mehta, president of Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, at the Bhavan’s Rajaji Sabhagriha premises in Basheerbagh here.

The book, by Mehta, elaborates about right to education, about need to pray to keep mind and body robust, about ethics-based perspectives into the way humans live and think. The book emphasises on the need to remain optimistic and positive to make the society healthy and the importance of hard work.

Speaking on the occasion, Swami Bodhamayananda said: “A samudra manthan (churning of the sea), of modern education is going on in the country and both good and bad results are coming up. Suicides by the students unable to take the pressure or follow their aspirations is a result of this churning.”

The Swami gave elaborate examples of students who committed suicides not because of scoring less in exams, but because they failed to follow their aspirations and had to study what their parents wanted them to.

“Man is forced to become a purified product for which he is sent to the refinery of modern schools. As knowledge is pounded on him, his emotions and sensitivity die and he loses respect for any human being, including himself,” he said. To overcome the insensitivity and authencity of human beings, he extolled Swami Vivekananda’s statement that “human beings need a shock”, and said that Vivekananda had given that shock 120 years ago at Roma Rola.

He also said religion was not at fault but the application of religion was. Former chief secretary of AP IYR Krishna Rao, who was chief guest of the programme, said aspect of empathy and genuine concern for the distressed and sufferers was missing among the people, for which we need to inculcate aspects of all the major religions of India into the modern secular education.

Former Chief Justice of Karnataka, Justice Dr Y Bhaskar Rao termed lack of human relations between the children and the parents in the urban nuclear family as the reason behind the spike in suicide rates among children. “Human values are dying for which moral education must be included in the curriculum as a major subject and also counselling for parents is needed for them to understand the problems of their children.”

Nearly, 200 people,mostly parents of the children studying in the school and followers of the Ramkrishna Mission attended the programme.