No Valentine's Day, celebrate Maha Shivratri instead: Lucknow University to students

No Valentine's Day, celebrate Maha Shivratri instead: Lucknow University to students

The Lucknow University has issued an advisory to its students "influenced by western culture" and wanted to celebrate Valentine's Day on Wednesday, asking them not to come to the campus as classes would be closed. "All students are hereby informed that on 14.2.2018, the university will remain closed on the occasion of Maha Shivratri". "No students will be allowed to enter the university premises on that day", said the advisory. Disciplinary action will be taken against whosoever is found violating the advisory, reads the order. Instead of helping students in building their future, the Lucknow University asked students to not indulge in "western culture" and instead celebrate Maha Shivratri.

The Chief Proctor has sent a copy of the advisory to the SHO, Hasanganj Police Station and the Lucknow University police post to ensure adequate police presence to keep students off the campus. Commenting on the advisory, the students studying in the University termed it as "an example of Choti Soch".

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The order was removed from the notice board in the evening and a new notice without any reference to Valentine's Day and declaring a holiday on February 14 for Mahashivaratri was put up. "If we won't enter the university, then who will?" A list of Dos and Don'ts was issued in 2014. Valentine's Day customs, like exchanging flowers and chocolates, were banned on the LU campus a year ago too.

Its clear that the decision has been controversial yet again, and this time, people are slamming the authorities for bowing down to regressive thinking that students are affected by the west, and its a bad thing if they want to celebrate the day of love.

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