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A court in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh has ordered attorneys representing the local Catholic Bishops Council to read Hindu scriptures before a lawsuit can continue.

The state’s government had ordered public schools to incorporate “Gita Sar”– a summary of the Hindu scriptures, the Baghavad Gita– into their curriculum, reports the Indian Express newspaper. 

The bishops had filed suit asking the state’s high court to require that all religions be put into the curriculum — without favoring a particular faith. They argue that giving other religions equal prominence with Hinduism conforms to the Indian Constitution’s secular India.

Last week, the court issued an order instructing plaintiff’s counsel to take two months to read the entire Baghavad Gita before arguing the case so that counsel can “clearly understand whether the Gita is a philosophy of life or is associated with any religion.”

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