Right-wing activists allegedly disrupt Christmas celebrations at Mandya Convent school

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Right-wing activists allegedly disrupt Christmas celebrations at Mandya Convent school

Mandya: After Karnataka witnessed attacks on churches and prayer halls in the last few months, a few right-wing activists allegedly engaged in a verbal duel with the management of a Christian convent in Mandya district over the celebration of Christmas in a school here.

The Christmas celebrations at the Nirmala English High School in Pandavapura, a town in Mandya district about 160 km from Bengaluru, was allegedly interrupted by a group of Hindu Jagarana Vedike activists on Thursday. A video of the incident has been widely shared on social media.

In the video, a few men can be seen engaged in a verbal spat with the management over Christmas celebrations at the school. They also questioned the school authorities, why Hindu festivals like the Ganesha festival were not being celebrated.

This was the second attack on the day when Karnataka Legislative Assembly passed the anti-conversion bill.

According to the management of the school, a group of right-wing activists barged into the institution and began questioning the school management for being selectively celebrating festivals like Christmas.

Headmistress of the school, Kanika Francis Mary said, “A few people, claiming to be members of a right-wing group, came to the institution and objected to the celebration of Christmas and asked us to celebrate Ganesha festival and hang a photo of Goddess Saraswathi in the school. They also made allegations against us that we are converting students which are not true.”

“Would you be okay if we hang a photo of Goddess Saraswathi in the institution and celebrate the Ganesh Chathurthi festival on the school premises,” one of the activists is heard saying in the video.

The school management further said that they will be filing a complaint with the Mandya police.

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  1. These m***** should be strictly dealt with. The Government is become ineffective. The authorities work hand in glove with these factions. Catholic schools should prioritise their purpose of educating Christians first. Let other communities have their own schools.

  2. I went to a convent, I prayed at a chapel, I had moral science as a subject, I never became a Christian, I am still a Hindu, convent education has inculcated good values and morals in me, but these goons and so-called protectors of Hindutva are uncivilized and uneducated, if they have the guts let them stop the destruction of Hindu temples in Pakistan, they prey only on the weaker people. I am sorry to the sisters who patiently listened to them.

  3. Hey Prakash Shetty,
    In your rush to judge these people as uncivilized and uneducated, you seem to ignore logic and common sense. They were not disrupting the event. They were simply asking the school to celebrate Hindu festivals in addition to Christian festival as the majority of students are Hindus. Do you know why the school is opposed to celebrating any hindu festivals? Watch the entire incident before spewing propaganda. Personally I am opposed to any religious celebrations in schools. I’m also opposed to double standards. Talking about Pakistan, do you have any idea what would have happened if a Convent in Pakistan refused to celebrate Muslim festival? This type of double standards have resulted in the complete failure of Indian liberal politics. Wake up!

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