Tuesday, May 12, 2015

The Banana State

Till now I thought Kerala may have the highest number of holidays in India. After all, apart from normal public holidays, there are special festivals called – bandh, harthal, transportation strike, bank employees’ strike – which keeps on coming at least once in a month.

However, it is UP which wears the crown in this area. UP have holidays for,

Birth Anniversary of Maha Rana Pratap (opponents say, it is to satisfy the Rajputras), Maharshi Kashyap, Maharshi Nishadraj, former Prime Minister Chandra Sekhar, Hazrat Khwaza Moinuddin Chishti, former Bihar chief minister Karpoori Thakur, sage Parashuram, sage Valmiki and former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh etc. This is in addition to death Anniversaries of B.R. Ambedkar etc, weekend holidays and other national holidays.

Already officials come well after 10 in the morning and leave well before 5 in the evening. In addition to that, these much holidays. I wonder when they will get time to work. More than that, think about the people who has to go to these offices. What would have happened if India got independence some 300 years before? Will UP declare a public holiday for birth and death of each of its former CMs?


1. List of public holidays keeps expanding in Uttar Pradesh - BS

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