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Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Nepal government ignores "Eid'

Sunday is a working day in Nepal and though Eid-ul-Fitr was celebrated by Nepali Muslims on the day, there was no public holiday and all offices, banks, schools and colleges remained open.

Muslims in Nepal have always been deprived of their rights, according to a report in Hindustan Times. It further says that the government failed to pass the Secular Test on Eid, after it became a Secular nation early this year. And also that there are no signs still that Nepal would transform as a secular nation that has 10% Muslims.

Personally I feel it is not that big an issue. Of course, the adherents of a particular religion feel good if there is a holiday on their festival. They do feel a sense of belongingness. But many parties and groups have raised the issue and with time, may be there will be, at least, an optional holiday or even a public holiday.

Recently there were riots and the violence in which former AMU student and Madhesi leader Moid Khan was killed. Right now, what everybody needs is a stable country where law prevails and democracy takes root. That should be the priority right now. Eid holiday can wait.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Does Saudi have a holiday on Diwali or Onam?

Anser azim said...

There are many countries where there is a good sizeable Muslim population, but do not have the privilege of a holiday on Eid including Nepal. We are very fortunate that we have that privilege in India, being about 15-20% of the population. Christians and Sikhs too have the same privilege. To me, the thing that matters the most is: Eid and its related festivities should involve other communities and most importantly neighbors and relatives. Not many of us reach to people of other faith and try to bridge the gap that exists between us and other faiths. This has been fuelled by the communalization of the society in the last 100 years or so. My point is: I hope we can present Islam and its bounties to other fellow country men in a better way. To me people of the subcontinent are more or less alike genetically, lingually, culturally and in everyway of life. Why religion should divide us to an extent that we hate and kill each other instead of sharing Deepavali sweets and Eid Sewayyan and Sheerekhorma’s!!!.

Anser Azim