HJS protests eco-friendly immersion

first_imgThe Maharashtra government has taken strong objection to a letter from the Pune branch of the State Higher Education Department instructing the Pune University and its affiliated colleges to ensure that its students refrained from indulging in practices like eco-friendly immersion of Ganesha idols as it ‘hurt’ religious sentiments. The letter followed written objections from the rightwing Hindu Janjagruti Samiti (HJS).State Education Minister Vinod Tawde has ordered an inquiry into the affair, while censuring the officials in the department responsible for sending the letter.In the letter dated August 28, the HJS targeted ‘phoney environmentalists’ and their allegedly ‘shallow’ environmental concerns, while justifying their stance against immersing idols in tanks, claiming that it “violated the Hindu tradition.”last_img