Valentine’s Day renamed as ‘Matru-Pitru Diwas’ in Chhattisgarh
New Delhi: With Valentine’s Day around the corner, the moral policing of not just saffron outfits but government have already started in all over the country and Chhattisgarh is not behind.
The Raman Singh government has given instructions to government schools across the state that February 14 from now on will be observed as ‘Matru-Pitru Diwas’ or the ‘Parents’ worship Day’ every year.
The ritual in Chhattisgarh Government School started two years ago after Asaram Bapu, now in jail facing rape charges, suggested to the chief minister that Valentine’s Day should be replaced with ‘Matru Pitru Diwas’.
A circular from the Directorate of Public Instruction, which controls the government schools said, “Now, parents’ day is being celebrated. No separate orders will be issued every year in this regard”.
Earlier, the Hindu Mahasabha in news for its failed bid to install the bust of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse had issued a statement, calling upon the youth to celebrate Valentine’s Day as Mata Pita Pujan Diwas.
Mahasabha national president Chandra Prakash Kaushik told TOI: “India is a country where all 365 days are days for love, why then must couples observe only February 14 as Valentine’s Day?”
The wing has already declared that the couple who will be found celebrating Valentine’s Day in public will be married off.
As per the latest reports the saffron outfit’s leaders will be monitoring social networking sites too. Those posting love-you messages on social networking sites will be caught hold of and forced to tie the knot.