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This Christmas, India is unsure whose birthday to celebrate

December 25 is not only a day marked to celebrate the birth of Jesus the Christ, but is also the birthday of scores of others including a former Indian prime minister Atal Vajpayee. So, India's HRD ministry sent out circulars telling hundreds of schools to celebrate Vajpayee's birthday (Times of India). The ministry denied the news, Times provided evidence, and the debate goes on.

Author and journalist Sagarika Ghose says, "For the millions (yes, MILLIONS) of Indians educated in missionary schools, Christianity was hardly the religion of fear that the Sangh Parivar may believe it to be. We convent-educated types were never in danger of conversion, we decorated Christmas trees, sang carols, and ate Christmas cake because of the plural non-denominational festival of fun that Christmas was and is ..."

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