Apart from worshiping the Damdami Mai at Hindu College’s Virgin Tree, University also witnessed a few other ways of celebrating the Valentines’ Day. National Students’ Union of India, the student representative body of Indian National Congress organized ‘Love Parade 2015’ to celebrate the spirit of love and unity on the eve of Valentine’s Day.
First half of the day on 13th February saw members of NSUI visiting different colleges in North Campus to promote the event and asking students to join the celebration. Love Parade was attended by approximately 500 students from various colleges. NSUI volunteers distributed chocolates and roses to everyone who came to participate. Students and couples came forward to sing songs and give the message of love.
Parade was followed by a street play by street actors of NSUI who presented a romantic cum political satire on the topic. Mr. Roji. M. John, National President of NSUI was present for the Parade and said, “The Love Parade is an answer to all those forces who try to to induce negativity among the people in the name of caste, religion, region and even gender. Unfortunately, in the recent past various right wing organizations have taken to hatred, and negative denotation of culture for their personal gains.”
According to the members of NSUI, it’s the love, unity and feeling of brotherhood between one another that has kept our country together as one. The Love Parade also discussed how conversions, ghar wapasi and love jihad are dividing people in the name of religion and also about certain organizations coming out and warning people for celebrating the day of love.
“Groups like RSS try and undertake moral policing to control people in our society. Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) has even gone to the extent of stating that rape cases like Nirbhaya Rape Case, are a result of celebrating Valentine ’s Day. We strongly oppose such shameful acts in our society”, Amrish Rajan Pandey, Spokesperson of NSUI told DU Beat.
Similar events were organized by the political party on 13th and 14th February across the country.
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