Nava Thakuria in Guwahati
Assam, since time immemorial, is known for its plurality and religious tolerance. The land of Vaishnavite saint Mohapurush Srimanta Sankardev, who speared the message of love and cohesion five centuries back, today witnesses how a Muslim teenage girl and Assam’s singing sensation is performing at public functions braving restrictions imposed by orthodox Islamic bodies.
On March 14, some people distributed a two-page leaflet saying that a proposed cultural show at Udali Sonai Bibi College ground at the Muslim-dominated Lanka town of Hojai district is anti-Islamic and should be stopped. In the leaflet, 46 Muslim leaders representing a number of State based Islamic organizations, insisted that no cultural function should be organized at the venue as it is surrounded by Mosque, Madrassa, Eidgah and graveyards. Full Story