In charged times, Hindu Hostel boarders host iftar for 700 in Kolkata | Kolkata News

KOLKATA: Amidst the current situation of hatred and religious divisiveness, boarders of Hindu Hostel like Arpan Maji, Rajarshi Barman and Gobinda Barman hosted an iftar for Muslim boarders to spread the message of communal harmony and show that Presidency students uphold the spirit of plurality.
The event was not restricted to only boarders, rather students from Presidency University, Jadavpur University and Calcutta University also took part in the iftar.
On Wednesday evening, over 700 students assembled on the green lawns of the hostel and shared food with those who were breaking the day’s fast. Rajarshi Barman, an undergraduate student, said that the iftar was organised to spread the message of peace and communal harmony.
“The legacy of inclusion that the Presidency has always stood for is demonstrated through this iftar,” said Barman. Sk Sahidul, an undergraduate student said that when efforts are being made to create religious divide throughout the country, this iftar upholds the spirit of plurality and secularism.
The organisers collected funds from hostel boarders and friends in the university to host the iftar. The fruits were brought from the wholesale Koley market while the snacks were procured locally.
Another undergraduate student Md Asik Rahaman said that fellow boarders hosting iftar meant a lot to him.
Undergraduate student Arpan Maji said, “Bengal has a long tradition of peacefully celebrating festivals like Durga Puja and Eid together. But the way festivals like Ram Navami are being celebrated is not the culture of Bengal. This iftar also spreads the message of peaceful-coexistence.” Upanita Barman and Udita Ghatak, both undergraduate students, for the first time took part in an iftar. They feel this iftar reflects the cultural harmony and unity and diversity that India stands for.
Mansarul Haque, a former JU student, who took part in the iftar at Hindu Hostel, said, “The JU students will be organising an iftar this year on April 12.”
Shadiya, a postgraduate student of Rajabazar Science College, also broke her day’s fast at the iftar on Hindu Hostel campus. “When there is intolerance and hatred around the world, more such events are needed to spread the message of love and unity,” she said.

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