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Hindu, Muslim unite to celebrate Durga Puja in Tripura

Oct 10, 2008 02:08 AM IST India India
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Tripura: When Northeast is witnessing communal tension and ethnic clashes, people belonging to the Hindu and Muslim community in a border village in Tripura have joined hands to celebrate Durga Puja. The only Durga Puja pandal (tent) has made Tripura proud. A week after the blasts that left two dead and more than 75 injured, this puja is now standing for communal harmony in these troubled times. On the Indo-Bangladesh border people from both the Hindu and the Muslim communities are part of the festival. "Here, we have a tradition of celebrating festivals together. We have been celebrating Durga Puja together for past 50 years. We never had any problem and we hope that in future also we will celebrate together and no bomb blast can break our communal harmony,” says a puja organiser Mohd Abdul Kasem. Different communities in Northeast had been living for years not only respecting each others religious rituals but also participating in it. Every evening people from both communities attend the aarti (prayers) and take prasad together. This is an age old tradition they feel proud to live up to. "We celebrate Durga Puja, they come to our Iftar Party, we are united and our younger generation is also following the same traditions,” says a local resident Mohd Abdul Motalek. So as every festival rises above religious and communal identities, this corner on the Indo-Bangladesh border in Tripura is making everyone smile this bijoya dashami.