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Don’t celebrate Christmas, Hindu Jagran Manch tells schools in Aligarh

The Hindu Jagran Manch said it sent letters to all schools asking them not to organise Christmas celebrations on the campuses.

india Updated: Dec 19, 2017 12:23 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Aligarh
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In Aligarh, the Hindu Jagran Manch sent letters to all schools for not organising any event on Christmas. (REUTERS / Representative Photo)

The Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) sent letters on Monday to schools where majority of students are Hindus, asking them not to celebrate Christmas.

The school managements are now in a fix whether to go ahead with the celebrations or not. HJM leaders claimed: “We have sent letters to all schools asking them not to organise Christmas celebrations on the campuses. The school managements may treat it as a request or warning.”

Many school teachers said usually people send children to school as they wanted them to be aware of other religions and culture so that they could become good and responsible citizens.

“Schools organise events during Holi, Diwali, Eid and Christmas in which school children take part enthusiastically. But now HJM is making attempts to discontinue this practice, which is not in accordance with Constitutional provisions,” opined some teachers.

HJM city president Sonu Savita, convenor Amit Raja, city secretary Punit Sharma and district vice-president Rajesh Pandit said: “All schools will receive letters for not organising any event on Christmas.” Three days ago, HJM leaders held a meeting where they decided to oppose Christmas celebrations in schools.

Pravin Agarwal, chairman of Public School Development Society, said, “As of now, we have not received any letter but opposition to any festival is unfortunate.”

Anurag Gupta, in-charge, parents association, said: “Children should not be pushed to fanaticism.”

First Published: Dec 18, 2017 22:59 IST