LUCKNOW, India – Hindu nationalists who claim they are fighting against Western cultural influence have threatened to shave young lovers’ heads and beat them if they exchange Valentine’s Day cards and gifts.
Valentine’s Day, which falls on Saturday, has in recent years gained popularity in India – a predominantly Hindu nation whose constitution guarantee freedom of religion.
Western cultural influences are in many cases toxic schlock, especially the commercialization of events like Valentine’s Day. But beating people and shaving their heads to prevent Valentine’s Day cards and gifts seems rather ironic. “What did you get for Valentines?” A haircut.”