Hindu dharma is implicitly at odds with monotheistic intolerance. What is happening in India is a new historical awakening... Indian intellectuals, who want to be secure in their liberal beliefs, may not understand what is going on. But every other Indian knows precisely what is happening: deep down he knows that a larger response is emerging even if at times this response appears in his eyes to be threatening.

Friday, April 08, 2005

Govt. Forces Hindu Schools to Mourn for Pope

Anonymous Tamilnadu Hindu Ashram School Headmaster

The Directorate of Schools in Tamilnadu has issued a GO directing all schools to fly the Indian flag half-mast on Friday, 8 April 2005 to mourn the death of Pope John Paul II. Schools have been asked to send a "compliance report" to confirm that they have observed the mourning.

One wonders why a secular government should issue GOs to secular government schools and to private religious schools (which are not govt.aided in anyway) to mourn the passing away of a religious head of a foreign religious institution?

Will the government declare state mourning if one of the important religious heads of the Hindu, Buddhist or Jain community passes away?

Moreover, the average Hindu will find it embarrassing to protest against such compulsory mourning imposed on him for it goes against his natural non-aggressive bent of mind.

Is there a dignified way of protesting against this GO or a safe way of non-compliance without inviting the vengeful wrath of the Jayalalitha government as witnessed in the Shankaracharya case?

This is yet another illustration of how helpless and discriminated Hindu institutions feel in the present political atmosphere in India.

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