‘Good Friday’ which is declared a national holiday in India, is a day commemorating Jesus Christ’s cruxifixction. It is a solemn day where churchgoers sing subdued hymns and remember Christ’s suffering.
Indian Ministers have apparently no idea what the major Christian religious holiday is and took the meaning of the day quite literally. On Twitter, Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma had tweeted, “May you be blessed with goodness and prosperity. Happy #Good Friday”. Fellow party member and former cabinet minister Shahnawaz Hussain also ‘wished’ his followers with, “Warm Greetings on #GoodFriday to all of you!”. Sharma quickly realised his folly, deleted his previous tweet and replaced with a more appropriate one.
Minister of Railways Suresh Prabhu, Dharmendra Pradhan, Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Minister of Minority Affairs Najma Heptullah also ‘wished’ their followers a Good Friday. They have since deleted their tweets and replaced them with more appropriate ones.