Show Hindu stu­dents con­sid­er­a­tion

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I RE­FER to the let­ter “Give stu­dents time off for Deep­avali” (The Star, Oct 11). This is­sue is an an­nual oc­cur­rence and let­ters have been pub­lished on it be­fore.

Many years ago, my el­dest son was asked to regis­ter for his col­lege (gov­ern­ment) on the day af­ter Deep­avali. When my wife called up the col­lege ad­min­is­tra­tion, she was told that they knew it was a pub­lic hol­i­day but didn’t know why. I am not sure whether they were ig­no­rant or just didn’t care.

On the other hand, be­ing ig­no­rant sounds so dumb since Deep­avali has been a pub­lic hol­i­day for many years now.

This year, my younger son who is study­ing in a pri­vate univer­sity told me his class would fin­ish late evening on the eve of Deep­avali. The eve of Deep­avali is im­por­tant as prayers are con­ducted for our de­parted loved ones at this time.

I have come to the con­clu­sion that peo­ple sim­ply do not care about the needs of the mi­nor­ity com­mu­nity. Please don’t write back and say the Hindu com­mu­nity has to make sac­ri­fices.

I urge pub­lic and pri­vate in­sti­tu­tions of higher learn­ing to make an ef­fort to resched­ule their classes and al­low stu­dents to re­turn to their homes a day or two be­fore the fes­ti­val and cel­e­brate Deep­avali with their loved ones. May the life of ev­ery­one light up not only dur­ing Deep­avali but ever af­ter. GSM Rawang, Se­lan­gor

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