WB town boycotts Durga Puja

Posted on November 9, 2010

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Kolkata, Oct 14 : Forty-two Durga Puja mandaps (marquees) across a West Bengal town have gone ’empty’…literally.

The biggest festival of the Bengalis, for which the populace excitedly waits the full year, has been sacrificed and boycotted by the Goddess’ followers.

Located in Barasat Subdivision of North 24 Parganas district, Deganga Hindus have decided not to bring Mother Durga and her 4 children (Lakshmi, Ganesha, Saraswati and Kartik) home and celebrate the Pujas this year.

The reason being attacks on locals by a Member of Parliament (MP), claimed Hindu Samhati, an organization working for rehabilitation of Hindus in West Bengal.

“Over 500 Hindu homes and 500 Hindu owned businesses have been attacked, multiple Hindu temples have been desecrated and defiled, all with synchronized orchestration by a planned well organized mob under the leadership of MP Haji Nurul Islam. All within a three day span in September,” claimed Hindu Samhati in a press statement.

The festival is being boycotted by all the Puja committees of the Deganga Puja Samanvay Committee.

“They hope that this will catch the attention of the anti-Hindu media, anti-Hindu administration, anti-Hindu Police, and the anti-Hindu politicians of West Bengal,” said the organization.

Hindu Samhati said it endorses to the ‘fullest’ the decision by the Puja Samanvay Committee to boycott this Puja in protest of the anti Hindu stance of the West Bengal media, administration, police and politicians.

“We want to see that the situation is changed, so that we would be able to do the Pujas in full pristine form in 2011, or else, we have to expand our struggle beyond Deganga and North 24 Parganas,” said a spokesperson.

In October-November 1946 the whole of India, especially North and Central India observed a Black Diwali in protest against the horrific riots and Hindu genocide in Noakhali, in erstwhile East Bengal.

–IBNS

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