Just like in past years, Mamata Banerjee was playing favourites by giving preference to Muslims over Hindus, even though the latter are in greater majority. As Durga Puja and Muharram falls on same days, she ordered that Durga Puja celebrations and idol immersions should be concluded 1 day before the Muharram procession.
This is despite the fact that the most auspicious day & time for immersion was to be the next day (to coincide with the Muharram day).
Hindus were naturally upset and approached the court. On really similar lines as in last year, the court struck down the Bengal government’s arbitrary decision and one that hurt Hindu sentiments. How stupid and how unfair…
Source: Times of India
- 30 Sep 2017
News reports like this makes us wonder which India is this. Hundreds of Hindu families living in Hindu majority areas of Birbhum district of West Bengal have been denied the permission to have Durga Puja celebrations due to fear of a few muslim families, per reports from the villagers of this area. Police claim to be a law and order issue but how can anyone be denied to celebrate any festival let alone the biggest festival of the year? And this is the fourth year? Aren’t the police suppose to provide security and ensure law and order? Last year Last year West Bengal government banned the processions for immersion of Durga idols as it clashed with Muharram.
- 26 Sep 2016