BY NEEL ANIL PANICKER
The merry season is upon us. Yes, you guessed it right__ Today is Christmas.
Unfortunately the yuletide spirit has slightly soured, marred as it were by the loathsome activities of a few lumpen elements, at best grossly misguided, at worst mere thugs and criminals, masquerading as self appointed and self anointed torch bearers of Hinduism.
How else could you justify the umpteen attacks on Minorities especially Christians in the past few weeks?
Here, chew on this:
A group of Catholic seminarians and priests were attacked, forced to abandon what they were doing, which is but singing carols in Satna, in Madhya Pradesh, the heartland of India.
Worse, their car was set on fire, cases slapped against them for “hurting religious sentiments”, FIRs lodged booking them under the stringent Anti-Conversion Law.
In neighbouring Uttar Pradesh, the Hindu Jagran Manch has let out a not so veiled warning to all Christian-run schools of Aligarh not to celebrate Christmas.
And the icing on the cake: A serving Chief Minister’s wife is castigated and viciously trolled on social media. Her crime: she suported a Christmas-themed charity event.
She should have known better. For wasn’t it our very own recently re-crowned ‘omnipotent’ PM Modi who had so grandly announced in 2014 that December 25 would henceforth be celebrated as ‘GOOD GOVERNANCE DAY.’
So friends, here I am, painting the town red celebrating Christmas for who knows for all we know there could be no Christmas to celebrate next year onwards.
That’s what good governance is all about, right Mr Modi?
Merry Christmas to all, and especially to those who see singing carols as a precursor to forced conversions.
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