Hindu Jagran Manch Warns Christian Schools In Aligarh Against Celebrating Christmas
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By Anuja Jaiswal:
We want to live in peace. Every Indian Citizen should stop the so called Activists in the name of Religion.
This is not we wanted to see before a wonderful festival that we all have celebrated for years. This is about Christmas and a Hindu Right-wing group that has threatened against celebrating it. Hindu Jagran Manch (HJM) has issued a warning to Christian schools in Aligarh to not celebrate Christmas in institutions where Hindu students are in majority, claiming that it is a step towards "forced conversions".
Advocate Osmand Charles, a prominent Christian resident of the city, said, "The statement of HJM has come as a shock for Christians in Aligarh. There is also a fear among the members of the community, as same kind of aggressive posturing was done by the right-wing organisations during their ghar wapsi programme, spreading insecurity among the minorities."
He said, "We are shocked after the incident in Satna where a priest was arrested, a carol singing group was detained and their car was burnt. Now, our boys are also hesitant to go out for carol singing."
Aligarh district magistrate Rishikesh Bhaskar Yashoda said he was not aware of such warning issued by the Manch. He said, "We will not allow such kind of activities and take action against those who try to disrupt celebrations."
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