Alappuzha, Dec 22: The controversial 'Ghar Vapsi' programme has been launched in Kerala by the VHP, said a The Hindu report. The Chengannur unit of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) in Alappuzha district has claimed to have converted over 30 Christians to Hinduism at a ceremony held on Dec 21, Sunday, said the report. The ceremony started early in the morning and lasted for around 5 hours, said the report.
by Nirmala Carvalho
About 30 people assaulted the Pastor and the faithful of a Pentecostal community, including women and children, with sticks and clubs. The fundamentalists accuse the Christians of promising money to convert tribal people in the area. Police deny the allegations: "No forced conversion in the area, the Christians are innocent."
HRD minister Smriti Irani on Monday dismissed as "baseless and inaccurate" a media report suggesting that schools would remain open on December 25 to
observe 'Good Governance Day'.
"It is unfortunate that misreporting has been deliberately done...controversy has been created to grab headlines."
"December 25 is Christmas and will be celebrated like that and schools will be shut," she told reporters outside Parliament.
She said her ministry would be releasing a statement shortly on the matter as the report is "baseless and inaccurate".
NAGPUR: If the Union government has its way, CBSE schools may have to remain open on this Christmas.
The Union human resource development ministry wants to celebrate the birthdays of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Hindu Mahasabha leader Madan Mohan Malviya by observing 'good governance day' on December 25. The BJP government wants CBSE to carry out various activities, like an essay competition, so that students' participation increases.
Although CBSE has not communicated this to its affiliated schools yet, the Union government-run Navodaya Vidyalays have issued a circular to their schools. The Navodaya schools operate in rural areas on the lines of Kendriya Vidyalayas, and are affiliated to CBSE. The Navodaya circular says CBSE will be organizing an essay competition on December 24 and 25, the topics for which will be declared on December 23.