Assam: Christmas celebration was thrown into disarray on December 25, after a group of men who claimed to be members of the Bajrang Dal – a right-wing group with close ties to the ruling BJP, forced their way into a church and demanded it be shut down because according to them Hindus should not celebrate festivals of other religions.
What happened in Assam:
The attackers claimed they had no issue with Christians celebrating Christmas but declared they would not allow Hindus to do so, because December 25 was also ‘Tulsi Diwas’.
While speaking to the NDTV, a senior police official stated that no complaint had been filed so far and, therefore, no case had been registered. Police have labelled this a “small commotion” not needing a suo moto case.
In the meantime, a video went viral where one of the Dal members was heard saying, “We are not against Christmas… let only Christian celebrate Christmas. We are against Hindu boys and girls participating in Christmas functions. Today it was the Tulsi Diwas of Hindus, but no one celebrated. It hurts our sentiments… Everyone is saying Merry Christmas. How will our religion survive?”