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Greendale School District Pulls Hindu Song from Holiday Concert After Parent Complains

Parents were offended by the religious sayings in the popular Hindu song.

The removed a popular Hindu devotional song after a parent complained about religious lyrics in the song.

Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram, which was going to be sung in the original language, was pulled from the yearly holiday concert at all the elementary levels. The song was made popular by Gandhi when he and his followers sang it during the Salt March to Dandi.

Anna Madden, a school district representative, said a parent or two complained and felt offended about a religious saying in the song.

This year's holiday concert has a multicultural theme, Madden said. Other multicultural songs included are Feliz Navidad, a Kwanza song and the Hebrew song Hava Nagila.

Madden also said that other school districts, such as Whitefish Bay, have cancelled holiday concerts all together because of the controversy behind them.

The school district pulled the song because a parent said that their child would sit out of the Hindu song and an e-mail with the English lyrics translation would be sent out to all the parents, Madden said.

The school district didn't want to make any child uncomfortable by sitting out and cancelled the song for that reason.

"The concerts are suppose to be fun," Madden said.

There were also parents who were upset that the song was pulled from the concerts. Madden said they have received a few complaints about that as well.

"For me, if that is the case, all songs that have religious overtones should be pulled and this is just thinly-veiled racism from the parents," Jason Dobbs, a parent, wrote Patch in an e-mail.

The school district emphasized that they didn't want any child to feel uncomfortable and wanted it to be fun all the children.

When asked Madden said there were no other complaints about other songs.

Chrisa Carlson December 21, 2011 at 08:03 PM
By removing the song, you cave in to one groups ignorance and prejudice, and promote exclusion and segregation. By having a concert with absolutely no religious content, you don't necessarily offend anyone, but you miss an opportunity to inspire and educate. By having the concert as it was originally planned, with songs from different faiths and cultures, you teach children that people all over the world are the same. They may not believe exactly the same teachings that you do, but they care and feel and love and hold dear many of the same things you do.... family, faith, freedom, friendship. Hopefully these kids are learning something wonderful from all of the conversations that are going on as a result of this sad decision. And on a personal note.... as a person who was raised Christian and is now the mother of five non-Christian children, I am TIRED of hearing white Christian middle-class Americans complain about how oppressed and victimized they are. Enough. You are still WELL represented in the schools, as my children would attest. The topic of religion comes up OFTEN, and when my kids are asked "What religion are you?" and respond "Nothing", they are quickly surrounded and questioned and berated and met with absolute disgust and disbelief, because OBVIOUSLY they must be SOMETHING. So rest assured, Christianity is alive and well in America's schools. Christians must allow that just as they have the right to believe and practice their faith, others have the right to NOT.
emhuze December 22, 2011 at 07:46 AM
Chrisa, "By having a concert with absolutely no religious content, you don't necessarily offend anyone, but you miss an opportunity to inspire and educate." I am certain that inspiration and education will be met even if the religious aspect is left out. This entire issue is an exercise in how divisive religion can be and no doubt the children of this school have learned how unalike we are if they are at all aware of the reason why the Hindu song was left out. We apparently are not all alike. The different cultures speak to that being so. The point is that we are different. The deal is to learn about these differences and come to understand, respect the differences and learn tolerance. So, teach the differences: music (secular), art, language, climate, dress, dance, government, etc. and please leave out the religious aspect. "Christians must allow that just as they have the right to believe and practice their faith, others have the right to NOT." Chrisa, I whole-heartedly endorse this statement. Schools would do the world a favor to teach tolerance on a broad scale.
Lakshmi December 23, 2011 at 03:59 PM
I'm a Hindu. Traditionally Holiday season in USA means Christian and Jewish festivals, so the concert organized to celebrate Holiday season should include elements from only those religions. If the school wants to celebrate elements of Hinduism they should save it for another day, say Deepavali. Including Hindu songs during a Christan and Jew festival seems forced and just a PC farce. Instead of bringing people of all religions together it will drive a wedge between them and cause unnecessary resentment. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all those celebrating and Happy Holiday to the rest.
Cheryl Sanders December 23, 2011 at 04:46 PM
Wow! Finally a voice of reason! Thank you, Lakshmi! Yours is the most reasonable comment I have read on this whole topic. I would love for my kids to learn more about Deepavali - at the appropriate time, when it makes sense, as you said. Nothing wrong with learning about other cultures, let's just be sensible about it. Thanks again for sharing some common sense in this matter and happy holidays to you also.
Mohit Gupta December 24, 2011 at 06:10 AM
Voice of reason ? Just because it resonates with your belief ? And the reason of the song being removed was NOT that this so-called 'Hindu-song' was a t wrong place and wrong time but that 'It was of religious nature'.I would appreciate if School had it written in their rule book that Either NO RELIGIOUS activity would be allowed or even NO-HINDU activity would be allowed.What irks me most that all the 'Voices of reason' are coming out in the open now when the 'Hindu-Song' was actually removed.Well , you want to know about Diwali? We are least concerned about that now.
Mohit Gupta December 24, 2011 at 06:18 AM
Hello Lakshmi , Your being a Hindu doesn't matter in judging the 'Judgment of School'.Because there are 100 crore Hindus in the world and you surely don't represent the majority of Hindu-voices.The most important thing you missed was that reason of banning the Hindu-song was not that it was in wrong time or at wrong place but , as the opposing parents say , its against their basic fundamentals of Christianity and God and that it is Blasphemy for them.So it doesn't matter if this is Holiday concert or Diwali , those who are opposing it would oppose it anyway if its sung on Diwali also. Have you heard the ongoing case of banning the most-scared text of Hindu , GEETS being banned in Russia.How would you justify that ? That Russia is a Christian country and that GEETA has no place for it.??? So what is the relevance of multi-cultural societies when all the bonhomie is one-sided.
Lisa417 December 24, 2011 at 12:55 PM
Mohhit Gupta "And the reason of the song being removed was NOT that this so-called 'HIndu-song' was at wrong place and wrong time but that 'It was of religious nature." EXACTLY!
Lakshmi December 24, 2011 at 01:26 PM
Mohit Gupta, This just my opinion. I'm of the firm belief that majority community should not be victimized in order to appease minority community. If there is fear psychosis in the majority community, it is not good for anyone and secularism ,multiculturalism cannot thrive in such a situation. We have seen the ill effects of this in India and ugly face of this Norway. Hindus are not victims in this particular situation, Hindus should actually resent the concert organizers for dragging them into a needless controversy. For Christians signing Hindu hymn to celebrate Christmas, as you have said is "against their basic fundamentals of Christianity and God and that it is Blasphemy for them". So, trying to worm in Hindu elements into a Christian and Jewish concert is downright rude and uncalled for. If the parents, who are protesting had taken umbrage to celebrate Deepwali than you would have had a point, not now. Being open-minded and multi-cultural doesn't mean that you should not follow your religion in letter and spirit. Christianity and Hinduism are polar opposite, let us allow PC police to combine the two. I fully expect Hindus to protest if beef is served or Christian hymns are sung to celebrate Deepwali in American schools. Why are you blaming American Christians for the action of Russian govt? Take your issue up with the Russian government. America is Christian majority secular state and they respect all religions.
Linda Motley December 24, 2011 at 03:23 PM
Let's remember that this song was removed from the concert because ONE parent objected to it solely because it was a Hindu song. ONE parent out of thousands had a hissy fit and demanded this song be removed. This is not about an entire village wanting this song banned, it was ONE parent. This song was eliminated from the concert because of ONE parent's bigotry, ONE parent's intolerance and ONE parent's demand that everyone in Greendale adhere to her belief system. This is why pulling the song was wrong and provided a very bad lesson to be learned by our children and grandchildren. If you want to blame anyone for this incident, then blame the ONE parent who caused it.
Sandra Thomas December 24, 2011 at 04:02 PM
Linda - Do you even live in Greendale? Do you have kids currently in the school system here? From what I heard, it was not just one parent who complained, it was a group of them who all felt the same way. And from what I have heard discussed outside this forum, there are plenty more who felt the same way, they just won't say it publicly b/c they will be labelled as not 'politically-correct.' There is a time and place to learn about other cultures/religions, but not during what is tradiitionally the Christiian holiday season. If you went to any of the elementary school concerts here this year (or for quite a few years now) you would have seen that NO Christian Christmas songs have been included - only secular songs, b/c for many years now the schools have been afraid of offending anyone. Lakshmi's point was that we (the majority) are having our own traditions and culture watered-down. Another example? One of the Greendale school's had their traditional "Pictures w/Santa Night" cancelled this year b/c it wasn't p/c enough and replaced with a "Multi-cultural Night." Take a drive through Greendale's village tonight... see all those lights? They are in celebration of Christmas, not a Hindu (or other) religious holiday. The majority of people here in this commuity celebrate Christmas. If people of the minority don't like that, there are other communities they could live in where the majority of residents are of the same religion and they won't have to feel left out.
Lisa417 December 24, 2011 at 06:06 PM
Sandra Thomas I live in Greendale and much of what you said is wrong on so many levels, I don't even know where to start. I don't know how many parents complained, what I do know is that there are still Christian Christmas songs sung at the concerts. They may not say the word God, but they do include the words Christmas, Yule, The King, and His (referencing God) in the lyrics. We Christians are well represented in school concerts, TV, and radio, Christmas isn't going anywhere. This season is not just a Christian holiday season. Why couldn't Santa be included in the multi-cultural night? And as far as your comment about the minority and majority in communities, your intolerance and ignorance speaks for itself.
Linda Motley December 24, 2011 at 06:21 PM
Sandra, I've lived in Greendale for 37 years and my children graduated from Greendale schools. You heard wrong. It was one parent's complaint on which the school district banned the song. Your intolerance of those who may be different from yourself does not represent the vast majority of the people of Greendale. Rather, the majority is represented here by the many, many comments and opinions against the school district's decision. There is no rational reason for one song to be pulled from a concert the children worked so hard on based on one complaint. And if we are to believe you, only Christians live in Greendale? If that's what you believe, then you walk around with your eyes closed. I suspect you may be the irrational parent who brought this whole incident about and now you're just trying to justify what you have done. In the Christian belief, there is no justification for hate, bigotry, and intolerance. Please don't insult the teachings of Jesus by using Him as an excuse for your bigotry. You don't represent Greendale, the people of Greendale, Christianity or the teachings of Jesus Christ. Rather, you are a shining example of anti-Christian hypocrisy.
Sandra Thomas December 25, 2011 at 01:23 AM
Linda - Were you actually AT any of the concerts this year? What songs included the words 'The King' and 'His' (referencing God)? I was there and I don't recall anything like that. Normally I don't like to argue with the elderly because often their memory and reasoning skills aren't what they used to be - which may be your case - but I think since it's obviously been a while since you had a direct connection to the schools as a parent, I can say I have a little more inside info than you probably do. I am NOT the parent who complained to the schools, although I actually DO know who did and I can tell you it was in fact MORE THAN ONE PERSON (not sure where you got your info but it's wrong). Second I am not a bigot - I work with and have many friends of different cultures, races and religions and respect all of them. I also never said only Christians live in Greendale. I said they are the MAJORITY, another lesson you may want to pass along to your grandkids - ever heard of "majority rule"? Would you go to a mostly Muslim community, in Detroit for example, or a Jewish community in New York, and expect them to include Christian religious songs in their public school concerts? Also thankyou for making my point for me about the Santa picture night not being included w/the multi-cultural night: Christmas may not be 'going anywhere yet' but it IS going for exactly this reason! Political correctness is watering down everything. Do you recall when your kids went to school...
Sandra Thomas December 25, 2011 at 01:28 AM
...in Greendale, the concerts were called CHRISTMAS concerts and they actually dressed up for Halloween and had a parade AT SCHOOL! Not anymore b/c it's not considered acceptable by EVERYONE, therefore it can be enjoyed by NO ONE, not even the majority! Political correctness is ruining this country and you are a perfect example of it. Your insults and holier-than-thou attitude are also a perfect example of non-Christian behavior. However, I know you are not going to change my mind nor I yours, so on that note... Merry Chirstmas to you. Enjoy it while it lasts, b/c by the time your grandkids are your age, it won't BE anymore, thanks to folks like you.
Lisa417 December 25, 2011 at 02:43 AM
Sandra Thomas My name is Lisa, at least I think some of your comment was meant for me and not Linda. You must have been too busy trying to insult her age to realize whose post you were replying to. At the elementary level this year they referenced Christmas and Yule and at the middle school level they sang a song in choir that had the words The King and 'His' in it. They have sung Christian songs like these for the last 15 years I have had children in this school district. Be thankful for what you have, and not for what you think you don't have. I hope if you and your children are ever in a situation of minority in any way, the majority treats you with kindness and respect. I'll pray for you. HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Sandra Thomas December 25, 2011 at 05:28 AM
Lisa- oops! You're right - some of my comments WERE meant for you! See? You don't have to be old to make mistakes. I wasn't trying to insult Linda's age, I was just giving her the benefit of the doubt. In fact, I hope to be old myself someday! Anyway regarding your last comment,the middle school concert had nothing to do with this and the words Yule and Christmas have taken on as much a secular meaning over the year as they have religious, so it's not like actually using the words 'God' or 'Jesus'. Besides that is the entire point of what Lakshmi was trying to say... it IS the Christmas season... why try to pretend it isn't? If you don't want any songs with even the word Christmas in them, then why not just move the concert out of the month of December and stop pretending it is something it isn't? And for Linda, it may seem like most people think like you b/c they are the ones posting on here, but that's b/c it isn't popular these days to be in the majority. Political correctness = reverse discrimination. It's OK to bash the majority b/c you don't have to worry about them speaking up to defend themselves most of the time. AND speaking of the teachings of Jesus, I think he would be sad to see how few people will actually publicly acknowlege and celebrate Chistmas for what it truly is: his birth, not a time to celebrate other cultures' 'gods.'
Sandra Thomas December 25, 2011 at 05:40 AM
Oh and by the way, I found an interesting news article on this very topic for you ladies - http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/12/24/whats-christmas-without-chopsticks-how-other-faiths-celebrate-december-25th/?hpt=hp_c1
Lisa417 December 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM
Sandra Thomas In regards to the news article you suggested above, this proves my point, leaders of other religions and some of their followers are more tolerant of the Christian faith and customs than we are of theirs. Again, Christmas isn't going anywhere. And the songs sung at GMS and GHS ARE relevant, the DISTRICT chose to pull the Hindu song based on parent complaints of "religious sayings". Maybe they should change the day of the concert and have no religious content, even references like Christmas and Yule. If you don't respect that these words are religious, I suspect the Catholic Church, as well as others may have a problem with that. If you are going to say, "political correctness=reverse discrimination" then you are admitting discrimination in the first place.
Mohit Gupta December 26, 2011 at 05:34 AM
@ Lakshmi , "Being open-minded and multi-cultural doesn't mean that you should not follow your religion in letter and spirit. Christianity and Hinduism are polar opposite, let us allow PC police to combine the two. I fully expect Hindus to protest if beef is served or Christian hymns are sung to celebrate Deepwali in American schools. " OMG , are you trying to draw a parallel between beef-eating and a harmless Song like 'Raghupati Raghav'.? Then , even if the answer is YES , I would like to tell you Miss/Mrs that MANY Hindus actually eat beef and they won't go berserk if beef is served in the School or Christian hymn are sung in a School in Diwali.No , most of the Hindu won't even protest if you put an Idol of Jesus in a temple.I think its been long you have been to India. Most of the Hindu students in Christian Schools have to sing Christian Prayers but you won;t see any Indian parent making fuss about that ? Have you. As there is a season of Christmas here in India.Every damn mall and offices are decorated with Christmas-Tree and people are wishing each other Merry Christmas EVEN IF there is NO CHRISTIAN in the office or around. That is called peaceful co-existence and multiculturalism and tolerance.I hope you would agree with me. And why did you joke that Majority Christians are being VICTIMIZED in America.That a BIG BIG News for me.And now please don't tell me it Hindus who are victimizing them.What a joke ?
emhuze December 26, 2011 at 06:04 AM
"Anna Madden, a school district representative, said a parent or two complained and felt offended about a religious saying in the song." Linda, the above is a direct quote from Viviana Buzo's article in this patch. So maybe it wasn't just "ONE" parent and maybe the reason wasn't "... ONE parent's bigotry..." as you've claimed. If the letter of the law was strictly adhered to NONE of this discourse would be necessary. Christmas is over for 2011. Want to bet that something just like this ridiculous mess will raise it's ugly head yet again for 2012?? The deal is... leave ALL reference to anything religious out of ALL public school concerts and we'll never have to deal with this junk again. "Imagine"... John Lennon had it right.
emhuze December 26, 2011 at 06:08 AM
Church and State, keep them separate.
Mohit Gupta December 26, 2011 at 06:25 AM
Sandra Thomas , "Would you go to a mostly Muslim community, in Detroit for example, or a Jewish community in New York, and expect them to include Christian religious songs in their public school concerts?" Here is a surprise for you.Come to India.We have decorated all of our shoping complex offices with Christmas Trees and are wishing everyone 'Merry Christmas' and are singing 'Jingle Bells' and what not ? EVEN WHEN , sometimes , we don;t have even a single Christians colleague or the people in surroundings.And you know what Christians are just 2.4% of India's population. A to your surprise , while celebrating Christmas in letters and Spirit , it HASN'T watered down our belief and devotion in Hinduism.And no Indians are not politically correct people by any means.They are down-right blunt. So while , you are FREE to believe in your intolerant and conservative views of religion but please DON'T assume that 'Hindus' would object if Christian songs are included in a Diwali concert. For you amusement , I would like to tell you that in some of the Temples here in Indian we have put an Idol of Jesus and praise him as the son of God , a part of Holy Trinity.And It STILL hasn't watered down Hindu-Belief. That is secularism , that is tolerance and that is the WAY TO GO !
Linda Motley December 26, 2011 at 06:41 AM
Sandra, you've stated your beliefs, claimed that you represent the majority of the people in Greendale, and succeeded in attempting to insult most of the other people on this forum in one way or the other, and failed miserably in whatever it is you are trying to prove. If you think that makes you right, justified, or in any way credible, you are wrong. Your attitude towards people who dare disagree with you or challenge your intolerance is childish and selfish. Your lame attempts to talk down to me because I am older (and much wiser) than you also demonstrates clearly your lack of breeding, and utter disdain for Christian principles. I suggest you grow up, read a book or two (you might start with the Bible), and learn to accept that 1) not everyone in the world has to agree with you; 2) the people who disagree with you are not always wrong, they are simply different from you; 3) if you cannot find it in your heart, mind and soul to be live by the teachings of the Christ whose birthday I'm quite sure you celebrated today, stop claiming to be a Christian. True Christians have no need to exclude others from their world or their celebrations. True Christians are not threatened by other religions. And true Christians live by the principles taught by Jesus, not their own re-written-to-suit-their-current-hate-list principles.
emhuze December 26, 2011 at 08:17 AM
This discourse has devolved to slinging insults with venting as the goal. It is laughable that opponents are beating their chests declaring what wonderful spiritual souls they are. Rubbish. It's more about claiming power and the need to put others down. The core issue is: do the schools have the right to produce concerts that contain religious material? No, they don't. As soon as that fact is established in the minds of the school leadership and compliance is guaranteed, no one will be offended. If the letter of the law is strictly adhered to NONE of this discourse is necessary. Christmas is over for 2011. Want to bet that something just like this ridiculous mess will raise it's ugly head yet again for 2012?? The deal is... leave ALL reference to anything religious out of ALL public school functions and we'll never have to deal with this junk again. "Imagine"... John Lennon had it right.
neustifter December 28, 2011 at 03:53 AM
PART 1 Here are some facts concerning what occurred leading up to the School District’s decision to remove the song “Ragupati Ragava Raja Ram”. We’ve highlighted the emails we sent concerning the song. Sent December 5-- Hi! After hearing Eric singing his solo part in the song "Ragupati Ragava Raja Ram" around the house, I asked him if he knew what the words he was singing meant. He didn't, so I asked him if he could bring home the practice sheet so we could take a look at it. We googled it earlier tonight and discovered quite a few different translations for it. Our concern is that all the translations included words that were worshipping Hindu gods. This was very upsetting to Eric to discover that he has been singing praise to gods other than the one true God he believes in, and he doesn't want to sing his part or the song. In the future we would hope that the translations of songs sung in foreign languages be written out so students and parents are aware of what the kids are singing in music class. In the present, we think that the fifth grade parents should be made aware of the words in this song before the Christmas Concert. Sincerely, Dick and Beth Neustifter Sent December 6-- We don't want Eric on the risers during the singing of the "Ragupati. . . ." song, or practicing the song in class. Thank you. Dick and Beth Neustifter
neustifter December 28, 2011 at 04:03 AM
PART 2 Many Children, parents and staff had no idea what the lyrics to this song actually meant. It was our goal to have the lyrics printed for everyone to understand. Please take time to google the lyrics if you haven’t already. We know that everyone has their own religious beliefs and it was not our intent to have the song pulled, but we are glad it was. We know it’s important to learn about other cultures and religions, but learning about other religions and their gods is much different that the praising of false gods even if done unknowingly. The first of the Ten Commandments God gave Moses says, “You shall have no other gods before Me.” In the Bible God says He loved us so much that “He gave His only begotten Son (Jesus Christ) that whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life.” (John 3:16) Sincerely, Dick and Beth Neustifter
Paul Johnson December 28, 2011 at 04:13 AM
Wow, how dumb is this all going to get? We are in a great village and now we just get the crazies posting over and over again. Crazy is as Crazy gets... Keep posting crazy and just know you are what I write - dumb crazy.
Mohit Gupta December 28, 2011 at 05:34 AM
@ neustifter So , you are that proud parent and follower of 'Real' God.And we never knew someone could think that an innocent child like Eric , who is hardly aware of HIS existence might have SO strong feeling towards the religion and God.Thank you very much for spoiling the innocent mind of children like Eric.You have done a great service to Humanity. Let me tell you one thing , if you think that you can reach to the soul of that song through random translation found in google or other websites then you are grossly mistaken and mis-informed.The unfortunate thing is that the song , which suggest the ONE-NESS of GOD despite their different names and promotes harmony , is being singled out for blame.Its unfortunate that people like parents of nice children Eric didn't understand the meaning of a song. Ms/Mr whatver , BTW what do you measn when you say -"HINDU GODS" - Do YOU actually think that GODS of Hindu , Muslim , Christian , Jews are DIFFERENT ? If you think so then you neither know nothing about Religion Nor about GOD.Your thoughts are actually Blasphemy of highest order. And no it doesn't matter if you or people like you get this or similar songs BANNED in school where your children study but let them know that there is a land far away from your country where 'YOUR GOD' is worshiped without making so much fuss over the name of GOD.
Mohit Gupta December 28, 2011 at 05:44 AM
@neustifter "We know it’s important to learn about other cultures and religions, but learning about other religions and their gods is much different that the praising of false gods even if done unknowingly. " FALSE GOD ? Are you crazy ? So you mean that all the Gods worshiped by the follower of other religions are FALSE ? And 'Your-God" is TRUE ?? How supremacist ?? I am more upset at diving GOD in 'Yours and Mine" than saying that 'Mine is better than you" .How can you be so ignorant and mean that you start calling Gods FALSE just because they are being called by another name by the follower of other religions. Let me tell you , Christian religion is just 2000 years Old while Hinduism was there for the last 10,000 years.So we know which is false and which is original.I don't wanto get in those details.Because then it will get all nasty. But let me tell you one thing very clearly , we don't care if your ERIC or any other christian child sing a devotional songs or not but at-least have some decency not to call other form and Gods as FALSE or FAKE , because then , as a Hindu , I can say that you are just abusing your own GOD , The Jesus and Holy Spirit , because we Hindu believe all GODs are same and have Oneness in them selves. Hindus , Muslims , Christians and Jews DON'T have different Gods but only different NAMES,Once you get it in to your mind , you will understand HOW WRONG you were ! Jai Shree Ram !
karthika January 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM
This country does have its bigots but mostly tolerant at least Midwest is. I have been schooled in catholic schools and have never felt in-secure about going to church' Hinduism for me represents the openness and freedom it gives me to worship whoever, however I want. My mom went to catholic school too and she has always had and till now has an image of Jesus at our home in India. When you are secure about your beliefs there is no need to be threatened by other religions. I recognize that this is a country with majority of people are Christians. Nativity scenes in public places/property have never offended me. Why should it. But I also get it when they say keep religion out of public places. I agree with that. I have to acknowledge and appreciate that this country has allowed many temples to be built and I am able to freely worship. There are many countries which do not allow other religions to practice. What I am trying to say is-Hindus need not feel offended that the song was taken out. We are not that insecure. We can sing other religious songs all day and know that we are still hindus and not going to hell.:)). It is a learning process as the society becomes more diverse. The schools will get it right. Let all religions be patient with these mistakes and let the kids have fun. I don't make a big issue about what my kid sang at school and she doesn't care.

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