Shiv Sena on Wednesday warned that the party will be keeping an eye on the Valentine’s Day celebrations. The Sena will intervene only if the lines of decency are crossed.
Party secretary, Vinayak Raut, clarified that the party has not deviated from its earlier stand. “We will not allow such days to harm Indian culture. If anyone wants to celebrate, they should keep that in mind and see that their programmes don’t highlight vulgarity,” said Raut.
The party, which was vehemently against the Valentine’s Day, has softened its stand in the last two years. “If youth want to celebrate this then it is not a good idea to keep on opposing it vehemently. The party had to soften its stand to keep a large section of the voters happy,” said one of the party leaders.
Valentine’s Day has been the topic of controversy as the saffron parties have opposed the celebrations, calling it a bad western influence on the youth.
However, at a time when Brihan-mumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) elections are around the corner, none of the parties can afford to make city’s youth, who are huge chunk of the voting population, unhappy.
Interestingly, Yuva Sena, the party’s youth wing, president Aditya Thackeray has touched upon the issue. “We will follow whatever the party decides. We have a number of issues and Valentine’s Day is not a priority,” said one of the Yuva Sena functionaries.
Meanwhile, the Raj Thackeray led Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) has neither supported nor opposed the Valentine’s Day. “It is an individual’s choice. Raj saheb had announced our position when the party was formed and we have not changed it,” said Sandip Deshpande, MNS zonal president from Dadar.
Valentine’s Day Not Loved in Many Areas of the World
Monday marks the celebration of Valentine’s Day by much of the world. But it is a celebration that is drawing protests in some areas.
In Southern India, members of a Hindu political party recently gathered to burn Valentine’s Day cards.
One protestor said he is against what he called the “cultural exploitation” of the day. He added people sharing sexual greetings with each other in public in the name of Valentine’s Day should be strongly condemned.
Many Islamic nations, including Saudi Arabia and Malaysia, have banned the celebration of Valentine’s Day
In Malaysia, officials have warned Muslims against celebrating something they call “synonymous with vice activities.”
That warning follows plans announced last week by several Malaysian states to crack down on “immoral acts” during Valentine’s Day as part of a campaign to encourage a sin-free lifestyle.
The head of the Malaysian Islamic Development Department, which oversees the country’s Islamic policies, told state media.”In reality, as well as historically, the celebration of Valentine’s Day is synonymous with vice activities.”
Valentine’s Day has been outlawed in Iran as well. Officials say they will take action against those who ignore the ban.
In Dubai, which has traditionally permitted celebration of Valentine’s Day, the tourism authority has banned the sale of alcohol because of the day’s proximity of the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday, which this year falls on Tuesday, February 15.
curtsy: voanews.com & DNAIndia.com