Non-Hindus have been banned from participating in local festivals in India’s city Kutch. Authorities have presented the argument of protecting the Hindus from evil non-hindus as the reason for such a ban.
According to the Indian media, a far right indian party is responsible for introducing this ban. The festival lasts for 9 days and its done for giving homage to a Hindus goddess. Most participates wear colourful clothes and dance in the festival.
During the time of Nora Yatri, celebrations are held in several parts of India. Its common for Muslims and Christians to take part in this along side Hindus. However this time a condition has been placed for a person to enter this festival. Each person entering the festival will be sprayed with cow’s urine on their face and if they hesitate during this act, they would be expelled during this.
It has also been found that such a condition was present last year too, however it wasn’t really implemented strictly. However the Indian extremists have made it clear that this would be implemented fully.
Analysts are of the view that this will further stroke religious and ethnic tensions in an already divided society of India.