Bhopal: On the eve of Christmas Day, right-wing Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s (VHP) unit in Madhya Pradesh wrote a letter to school principals asking them not to make Hindu children Santa Claus during the celebration.
Letters were written to all school principals in Bhopal amid reports that students are being made Santa Claus in the Christmas celebrations in the school and they are also being asked to bring Christmas trees. “This is an attack on our Hindu culture, it is a conspiracy to inspire Hindu children to Christianity,” VHP’s letter read.
The VHP also questioned celebrating Christmas Day in non-missionary schools asking, are the schools promoting Christianity by making Hindu children Santa.
“Our Hindu children should become Ram, become Krishna, become Buddha, Gautam, become Mahavir, become Guru Govind Singh, all these should become, become revolutionary, and become great men, but should not become Santa.”
It has also warned that if students were made Santa Claus without the permission of the parents, the VHP will take statutory legal action against that school.
On the other hand, the archbishop asked community members to help the needy and move forward on the path shown by Jesus Christ.
Churches in Bhopal have been decorated and the people of the Christian community are preparing for the festivals as they attend special prayer services, set up cribs, prepare sweets and decorate their homes.
“Pope Francis has laid stress on simplicity and conservation of environment from the different traditions, which we follow during Christmas,” Archbishop A A S Durairaj said in his Christmas message.