| Gauripur BPF legislator Bonendra Kumar Mushahary speaks during the iftar at Dhubri. Telegraph picture |
Dhubri, Aug. 17: It was an iftar befitting the times.
Organised by the char chapori sub-committee of the Asam Sahitya Sabha and attended by members of Bodo and Sikh communities besides Muslims, the iftar was held at the office of the Dhubri branch of the literary body here today to spread the message of peace, amity and brotherhood in the trouble-torn lower Assam districts.
An official of the sub-committee said this was an initiative that seemed impossible till yesterday given the situation prevailing in this part of Assam and though some same steps were being taken to restore peace, there had been no move to build confidence and bring communities together.
The sub-committee’s convener, Ajaharul Islam, said the move was aimed at healing the wounds of both communities, as it was the need of the hour, and to help them rise above the passion of hatred.
“It is the time to listen to the call of humanity which suffered most in the violence and keeping all things aside for now, we must try first to rebuild the confidence that was shaken. And I find no better place than the platform of Asam Sahitya Sabha and the occasion of iftar in the month of fasting during the holy Ramazan, which is concluding within a couple days.”
Gauripur BPF MLA Bonendra Kumar Mushahary said it was not the time to play the blame game.
“We must work together to restore peace, but more importantly, we must see to it that the affected are properly rehabilitated. It is we who can together bring back sanity amongst us, not the military or police.”
Granthi of Dhubri Gurdwara Sri Guru Teg Bahadur Sahib Ji, Joginder Pal Singh, who attended the iftar, said humanity was above all and the sense of humanity must prevail whatever the situation might be.
“No religion teaches us to adopt the path of violence, yet it happens. But it our duty now to keep ourselves cool and composed and let peace settle in the areas where humanity has suffered.”