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Knowing the causes behind Sandeshkhali outrage

If somebody asks you what ‘Nabi-Diwas’ is, perhaps very few of you could answer it. And the people of West Bengal too were no exception to this once. They didn’t know that till few years back. And they knew it only when TMC came to power. And Muslim community began to celebrate a festival, “Eid-Milad Un Nabi” as ‘Nabi-Diwas in memory of Prophet Mohammad born that day. And this only is now celebrated at the level of government administration in the libraries of school-colleges all across state

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By: Er. Rajesh Pathak

If somebody asks you what ‘Nabi-Diwas’ is, perhaps very few of you could answer it. And the people of West Bengal too were no exception to this once. They didn’t know that till few years back. And they knew it only when TMC came to power. And Muslim community began to celebrate a festival, “Eid-Milad Un Nabi” as ‘Nabi-Diwas in memory of Prophet Mohammad born that day. And this only is now celebrated at the level of government administration in the libraries of school-colleges all across state. Just opposite to it, such elements have now begun to swell in numbers who nurse grudge against ‘Saraswati-pooja’ so far organised in educational institutions across the state. In the schools of Hawrah district the festival of Saraswati-pooja had been performed for the last 65 years. But to appease communal sentiments of a section of people the Mamta-government has put ban on it. Moreover when the students descended on the street against theaction of the administration, police pounded upon them with their batons and all that. Obviously the thing like Sandeshkhalee incident sparked not into such a heart rending one without cause.

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Take a look at the series of the incidents to understand more about why the situation has come to this pass. Kanglapahadi is such a village of Virbhoomi district where the number houses of Hindus are 300; and that of Muslims only 25. Ban is imposed in this village on observing Durga-pooja, because Muslims want so! Few years back Muslim families lodged a written complaint to the local administration that Durga-pooja comes under idol-worshipping, which hurts their religious sentiments hence ban should be imposed on it. Under the pressure of TMC leaders the administration soon swung into the action and fulfilled the wishes of fanatics.

This also needs to be remembered that in previous Vidhansabha election Mamat Benarji for invited Bangladesh actors and actresses, most prominent among them being Firdosh- the superstar of the country. This was done to win the votes of those having the sympathy with the infiltrators from Bangladesh. Notably the same Bangladesh where once there were 25% Hindus; and now they have got to be reduced as low as 8%. Incidents of vandalizing during Hindu festivals have now got to be so common there that the newspapers have almost stopped giving them the space. More so few months back a news flashed from Bangladesh that the principal of a college named Swapna Vishwas had been garlanded with shoes and made to stroll in the city! His crime was that a student named Rahul Roy of his college dared to post the photograph of Nupur Sharma in social media. Latest of all being the incident occurred in wake of last Cricket world cup when Taslima Nasreen had to tweet: ‘The youths of Bangladesh are joyously celebrating the defeat of India in the hands of Australia. Whereas it is India that brought freedom to them. And upon whom they are much depended for their foods, entertainment and health.’

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