India: Students and Teachers Denied Christmas Holidays
India’s government said that Dec. 25 should be celebrated as a “Good Governance Day” because the date falls on the birthday of Atal Bihari Vajpayee, former Prime Minister of India from the Bharatiya Janta Party. The date is also the birthday of Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya, an Indian educationist and politician, known for his role in the Indian independence movement and his adoption of Hindu nationalism.
It was announced to the Board of Education for Public & Private Schools (CBSE) that CBSE should be organizing an essay competition on Dec. 24 and 25. Several CBSE school principals have voiced their concern over the matter, arguing that the plan would be unjust to Christian students. Besides this, the plan would also interfere with the regular vacation schedule of most CBSE schools because winter vacation starts on Dec. 24 or Dec. 25.
Dec. 25 appears to be a targeted day by many anti-Christian groups in India. In addition to the government’s plans to declare Dec. 25 “Good Governance Day,” Rastriya Swayamsevak Sangh, an Hindu nationalist group backed by RSS offshoot Dharm Jagram Samiti, has declared Dec. 25 to be a day for converting at least 4,000 Christians back into Hinduism.
Please pray as the government in India seems to have numerous strategies to discourage Christianity. India is ranked No. 28 on the Open Doors 2014 World Watch List of the worst persecutors around the globe.
Compiled by Jerry Dykstra. For media inquiries, contact Christine Cape at 404-545-0085 or Katie Rouse at 678-410-9575.