Minister seeks ban on discos, Valentine’s Day


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  • Thursday, 13 Feb 2003

New Delhi: A minister of the Hindu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has called for a ban on discotheques and Valentine's Day celebrations, according to a news report yesterday. 

India's new Minister of State for Tourism and Culture, Bhavna Chikhalia, had demanded a ban on discos and western music in all state-owned hotels, the Asian Age newspaper reported. 

“Even the owners of private hotels have been asked to entertain in a way that gives a feel of the rich Indian culture and tradition. We have a 5,000-year-old culture that should be spread at the international level,” said Chikhalia. 

Even Mother's Day and Father's Day should be banned as they are western concepts and “organised there because western youths are more independent and live separately from their parents after reaching a certain age”. 

The joint family system still thrives in India. Sons get married and continue to live with their families in their parents' home. 

According to Chikhalia, celebrations like Valentine's Day “are influenced by countries like the United States. 

“There should be no celebrations or festivities that are influenced by the West.” 

Chikhalia is a parliamentarian from the BJP, the largest party in the 24-member coalition National Democratic Alliance that governs India. – dpa 

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