With controversy on International Yoga Day still doing the rounds in various political and power corridors, a group of Hindus in Uttar Pradesh’s Mahoba district have decided to observe Roza (fast) with their Muslim neighbours during the holy month of Ramzan which stats 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 about 60 persons including at least 25 Hindus and will attend ‘Sehri’ and ‘Iftar’…,” Tara Patkar, Coordinator of Bundeli Samaj, said.
According to a PTI report, Patkar said that the move would serve dual purpose: On one hand it will spread the message of religious harmony and 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.
Tara elaborated on the demand and said that the district is situated at the centre of Bundelkhand and lacks proper health care amenities.
“Patients admitted to primary health centres are referred to Kanpur, Lucknow, Agra and to districts of neighbouring Madhya Pradesh. Setting up AIIMS will help the entire region spread over seven districts in UP and five of MP,” he said.
Patkar claimed that their demands have been received by the Prime Minister’s Office, and they have now sought further details of their initiative.