Religious harmony: Hindus in UP dist to observe roza
At a time when controversy over performing yoga is on, a group of Hindus in UP's Mahoba district has decided to observe Roza (fast) with their Muslim neighbours during the holy month of Ramzan starting tomorrow.
"We have decided to observe fast with our Muslim brothers from tomorrow at Udal Chowk crossing in Mahoba. We will be sitting in a group of 60 people, including at least 25 Hindus, and will attend '<g data-gr-id="41">sehri</g>' and 'iftar'...," Tara Patkar, coordinator of Bundeli Samaj, said.
Patkar said the move would serve <g data-gr-id="35">dual</g> purpose. On one <g data-gr-id="33">hand</g> it will spread the message of religious <g data-gr-id="32">harmony,</g> while on the other it will boost their campaign for setting up of AIIMS in Mahoba.
"We want policy makers to acknowledge our unity and take a positive decision for setting up of AIIMS in the district as poor health services in this area affect all, irrespective of caste and creed," he said.
"Though politics is going on over the issue of performing yoga on International Yoga Day (on June 21), we have invited politicians of all parties to show our unity for a cause," he added.
He said that this would be part of their AIIMS-Mahoba campaign under which they wrote over one lakh letters to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 18 languages.
"Under this campaign, Muslim youths and children wrote to the Prime Minister in Sanskrit while Hindus wrote in Urdu, besides in other languages like Sindhi, Punjabi and Malayalam.
"Camps were set up at many prominent places like railway stations, bus stops and hospitals to make the campaign a success. Even schools were involved in the campaign," he said.
Explaining the logic behind the demand, Patkar said the district is situated at the heart of Bundelkhand and does not have proper health care facilities.
Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also greeted Muslims on the beginning of Ramzan and said may this holy month enhance the spirit of harmony and togetherness in society. "My greetings to the Muslim community as the holy month of Ramzan begins. May this Ramzan <g data-gr-id="39">bring</g> peace and happiness in everyone's lives," the PM said in his message.