Chief Minister Biplab Kr Deb participates in Mollapara Durga Puja on Wednesday. He also took part in the cloth distribution by the puja organizing committee.
Setting an example of unity and brotherhood, Hindus and Muslims in a slum on the outskirts of Agartala namely Mollapara have been organising a Durga Puja together for 20 years now.
This time too, the two communities of Mollapara slum, one of the 59 registered slums in and around Agartala municipal council areas, have set up a Durga Puja pandal at Tular Maath, a playground. The Durga Puja committee here consists of 31 members, including 18 Muslims and 13 Hindus.
“We are a mixed habitation of some 200-odd families at Mollapara, including Hindus and Muslims. We started our collaborative Puja in 2002 to enjoy the festivities and avoid any violence and misunderstanding,” Said Ruhiz Miah, president of the puja committee.
The residents at Mollapara are mostly daily wagers, rickshaw pullers, vendors etc. “We are poor people here; we all need help from each other. So, helping each other before thinking about our religion comes easily to us”
“Hindus help Muslims in Waz Mahfil, cooperate during Eid and other religious activities, join us in our nikahs (weddings) and janaza (funeral rituals). We join them in Durga Puja and their weddings and cremations,” Rustam Ali, another resident of Mollapara slum.
People from nearby slums, like Moilakhola and Bitterban, too are making their way to the pandal.