in the debate on tolerance raised by PK, OMG, Charlie, this seems relevant

Idyll Dreams of an Idle Fellow

The Unique Satyanarain

Traditionally, offices in the government sector in our secular country do not observe any religious ceremony of any faith.

This is largely followed in the Eastern sector, where cultural functions take their place, and our National Poet’s anniversary is celebrated with religious fervor. During my tenure there, I presided over the function quite gleefully in my capacity as head of office, as my literary accomplishments would never have got me this honour.

In North India, new offices are opened with a Puja, and on Diwali some offices perform Puja too, but being atheist by persuasion, I followed the shun ceremony guideline, replacing them by a party instead

But in Western India, I found that each office performs an elaborate Satyanarain Puja each year, the cost not being borne by the organization in deference to our secular guidelines, and the custom was too deeply entrenched to be questioned…

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