By Muslim Mirror
Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) members in Madhya Pradesh wrote to school administrators on the eve of Christmas Day asking them that they should refrain from dressing up Hindu students as Santa Claus for the holiday.
भारत भूमि संतो की भूमि – सांता की नही
किसी भी हिन्दू छात्र को अभिभावक की अनुमति के बिना सांता नही बांये @VHPDigital @vinod_bansal pic.twitter.com/Y70Kr0lw7N
— Vishva Hindu Parishad – Madhya Bharat (@VHPBhopal) December 24, 2022
Following allegations that students were being requested to bring Christmas trees and were being transformed into Santa Claus for the school’s Christmas celebrations, letters were sent to all the principals of the schools in Bhopal.
The letter from VHP stated: “This is an attack on our Hindu culture; it is a plot to convert Hindu children to Christianity.”
The VHP also questioned the practice of celebrating Christmas in non-missionary schools, asking if the schools were spreading Christianity by dressing Hindu youngsters as Santa Claus.
“Our Hindu children should become Ram, Krishna, Buddha, Gautam, Mahavir, Guru Govind Singh, all of whom should become revolutionary and great leaders, but not Santa.”
It has also warned that if students are dressed as Santa Claus without their parents’ consent, the VHP would take legal action against the institution.
Increase in attacks on Christians ahead of Christians
In the run-up to Christmas, Chhattisgarh has seen an uptick in attacks on the homes of the Christian minority. Hundreds of tribal Christians have allegedly abandoned their communities in the Narayanpur area since last week.
Over a hundred individuals, including women, took refuge at a stadium in Narayanpur, according to the Chhattisgarh Christian Forum, while many others found sanctuary in various locations, including churches.
A group of #BagranjDal members in Agra, #UttarPradesh burned an effigy of Santa Claus and raised slogans "death to #SantaClaus". pic.twitter.com/UpqCUhRm5l
— The Scribe (@TheScribe_In) December 24, 2022
Earlier on Tuesday, in a residential neighborhood in Gujarat’s Vadodara city, a man dressed as Santa Claus allegedly suffered injuries from a mob beating.