By Fareeza Haniff
[www.inewsguyana.com] – Head of State, David Granger has thrown his support behind the decision of Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan to have November 10 observed as the Diwali holiday in Guyana.
The issue has gained much public attention and debate since the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha remains adamant that the date should have been November 11.
During his appearance on the programme, ‘The Public Interest’ in which iNews participated, the President said that he is convinced that Minister Ramjattan made the right decision.
“I am convinced… I have spoken to the Minister, I have seen the opinion issued…I am convinced that he consulted widely. I’m aware that the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha is in disagreement and I did receive a letter from Dr Persaud, with signatures of several pundits,” President Granger said.
He further noted that the Minister consulted with some Swamis and “learned Hindus” before arriving at the decision “and we are convinced that the selection [of the date] is the correct one and that is what the government stands by.”
According to the Head of State, his government will in the future avoid any such controversy and dispute.
The Ministry of Public Security and the Viraat Sabhaa are disagreeing with the Guyana Hindu Dharmic Sabha over the date for Diwali observance this year. The Dharmic Sabha insists that the date for Diwali this year should be November 11 based on religious grounds.
According to a press statement from the Viraat Sabha: “We remain convinced that this year’s festival must be observed on Tuesday, November 10…Our conviction on the November 10 date is based on calculations premised on the knowledge of renowned Astrologists, Kaushik, Kaashi and Bhaskaar. These Panchangs/Patras (Astrological guides), all convincingly demonstrate that Deepawali 2015 is on November 10.”