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Christian schools attacked in India for not declaring holiday on Hindu festival

By James Varghese

10/11/07 INDIA (ANS) — Members of a little-known saffron group called Dharma Sena (Religion Army), a Hindu religious extremist wing of Vishwa Hindu Parishad (World Hindu Council, ransacked two missionary-run schools in Raipur for not declaring holiday on the “Pitramoksha Day” (Father’s Salvation Day) on Wednesday, October 10.

Alleging that Holy Cross and Saint Xavier’s school authorities have “taken to Western culture”, Dharma Sena members also damaged school buses.

This news was carried by the Global Council of Indian Christians (GCIC) on their website,

The state government had declared a holiday on October 10th in all state-run educational institutions in Chhattisgarh state. The trouble broke out when Dharma Sena members armed with rods and sticks damaged two buses belonging to the Saint Xavier’s school at Ashoka Towers in upscale Shankar Nagar locality of Raipur , said city Superintendent of Police, Shashi Mohan Singh.

Dharma Sena leader, Kishore Kothari, said, “Missionary schools declare holidays during Western festivals, but they don’t respect Hindu festivals. If my son goes to school on ‘Pitramoksha Day’ how can he learn our traditional rituals?”

Kothari also said, “If missionary school managements don’t mend their attitude, more protests will take place.”