Hindus in New Jersey school district want a day off for Diwali

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Jyoti Sharma (right) celebrates Diwali with her family. Photo courtesy of Jyoti Sharma

Jyoti Sharma (right) celebrates Diwali with her family. Photo courtesy of Jyoti Sharma

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(RNS) “I think if the school granted the (Diwali) holiday, then his friends would know, ‘OK, you are a Hindu,’” said Jyoti Sharma, who is asking the Millburn Township School District to consider a day off for Diwali for her son.

  • Amrik

    its other religions can have a day off, why not hindus? we live in a “free” west thats supposed to be liberal and understanding…. right?

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  • I agree with you Amrik. But there are all sorts of legal challenges to overcome. The simplest course of action — and one that Mahama Gandhi might have suggested — would be for Hindu and other religious group to keep their kids out of school on religious holidays. When they see that all or most Hindu or Muslim students are absent they will then have to act.