Is It Necessary To Declare A National Holiday To Mourn A Death?

India
September 3, 2009 11:50pm CST
Its National holiday in India. The CM of a state died, along with 4 others in a helicopter crash. With due respects to the departed souls, is it necessary to declare a holiday to mourn a death?. All government offices, schools and colleges have declared a holiday as a mark of respect. Is declaring a holiday the only way to show respect. With almost all the govenrment offices closed,and perhaps industrials houses too, the loss in terms of a day's productivity to the nation is unimaginable. Office goers and students will have a day of outings and entertainment. Is India the only country which resorts to such gimmicks? Do other countries also declare holidays when VIP's die? How do they mourn the death of their VIP's?
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@daliaj (5689)
• India
4 Sep 09
By declaring the day as holiday the govenment is showing the respect to the person who contributed a lot to the nation and people of India. It is a good way to respect the person and thank him for all the contributions. When I was a student, I used to long for holidays. Today is working day for me since I don't work with government.
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• India
4 Sep 09
I dont understand the logic of respecting someone by declaring a holiday. Its national waste. Millions of rupees are lost if one man day is lost. When people dont respect their own father's and mother's how can we expect them to respect someone who is unrelated? this is all gimmick played by politicians. I know office goers and students will prefer a day off. Picnic time for them thx
@voldrox (7205)
• India
4 Sep 09
oh my! i always add the last line as a default 'have and nice day *smiley*'.... my bad.... not the right place for me to put something like that
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• India
4 Sep 09
Personally i dont believe in all this gimmick. Respect is internal and within. All the show of sympathy and respect is a farce, only for public display.I am of the view that holidays is not necessary to pay respect to someone, high or low thx
@srganesh (6349)
• India
4 Sep 09
It is a curse to our nation.I think we rank first to have so many holidays in a year.Being a secular country we have to allot holidays for all religious festivals too unlike other countries.More over we have so many local leaders unlike other countries who claim such holidays.I think it is a criminal waste of time for all people to have an unexpected holiday like this.I stand by your side in this.
• India
4 Sep 09
Yes ur right. We must stop this public display of farcical sympathy. Our nation is more important and no one is indespensible. National duty must go on irrespective of who live and who leaves..thx
• India
4 Sep 09
since our public should not affected for violence,various difficulties, as well as for respect tribute to leaders.. and especilaly for safety issues they declared holiday..we need to understand this..
• India
4 Sep 09
Just putting black band and hoisting flags at half mast would be suffice to show our respects to the departed souls. All this drama of declaring holiday is a waste of working day. I was stumped that even our Karnataka Govt declaring a holiday. This is taking gimmicks too far.
@rajupaul (975)
• India
4 Sep 09
preethaanju Yes, we are giving respect to a person who is a Chief minister of our State of India. We are giving a respect to him nothing else. This holiday is given by the state not by the central. Atleast we must keep some respect for a chief minister of a state.
@voldrox (7205)
• India
4 Sep 09
* most of the content is in the comment above * apologies for not responding as an independent response, i wanted to get into the discussion above