Jammu and Kashmir : The holy days of the month of Ramadan are going on and collective Iftar parties are being organised across Jammu and Kashmir as per tradition this week.
In the winter capital of Jammu, where people of different religions live together, Hindus and Sikhs often organize the Iftar community for their Muslim brothers in the spirit of good will. Many Sikh and Hindu organizations send food items to mosques and Madrasas during Ramzan. A great example of religious tolerance, communal harmony, and mutual brotherhood is also seen during the Iftar party.
An Iftar party was organized by the National Conference in which leaders of all political parties, and social personalities were present. An Iftar party was also held under the leadership of Ghulam Nabi Azad, in which people of all religions of Jammu City were seen together.
Advocate Gandutra, former president of Dharma Earth Trust, a representative organization of temples in Jammu, organized an Iftar party for the Muslim brothers at his residence, which was attended by a large number of people.
At a time when some powers across India are engaged in failed efforts to spread hatred, and divide communities, such programs are a welcome initiative.
Speaking in this regard, Sheikh Altaf Hussain, Advocate, said that the beauty of India is that people of different religions and beliefs live here. Gulistan looks beautiful with colorful flowers.
"We should celebrate any festival with joy and try to come closer to each other. Eid get-togethers, Diwali get-togethers, and Iftar parties are rare opportunities for the mutual brotherhood that we should take advantage of," he said.
Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir and PDP President Mehbooba Mufti also organised a huge Iftar party in Jammu which was attended by people of all religions. Peace-loving and secular-minded people expressed happiness in maintaining this tradition.
In the border areas of Jammu and Kashmir, the Indian Army is also in the process of organizing collective Iftar parties in which regular prayers are also organised.