Schools shut as India declares public holiday

Schools shut as India declares public holiday

Schools in several states in India, including private schools, will remain closed today after the government declared today a public holiday.

The holiday will act as a mark of respect for former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who passed away in New Delhi yesterday. A state funeral will be held today, followed by a seven-day mourning period.

In its initial formal announcement of the ex-PM’s death to state governments, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs did not declare a public holiday as such declarations are only made for a current prime minister or president.

The union cabinet later made an exception for the leader who was considered one of the country’s most respected politicians.


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