Ibaadatkhana to celebrate Holi, Eid, Easter, and Purim at online global webinar in April

Bu  Justice Markandey Katju-

(Justice Markandey Katju is a former Judge, Supreme Court of India, and former Chairman of, Press Council of India. The views expressed are his own)

Ibaadatkhana, an organization that promotes inter-faith harmony, will hold an online global webinar in April this year to celebrate four festivals of four religions – Hindu festival of Holi on 25th March, the Muslim festival of Eid ul Fitr, on 10th April, the Christian festival of Easter on 31st March, and the Jewish festival of Purim on 23rd/24th March.

Ibaadatkhana was created in California, USA in October 2019 by a group of like-minded secular persons who were deeply concerned over the dark clouds of religious polarization and hatred and atrocities against religious minorities in India and other countries. Ibaadatkhana movement aims to set the train of India, which has been derailed by communal animosity fanned by certain vested interests, back on the right track.

Around October-December 2019, when I was in California, the festivals of four religions were celebrated in close proximity with each other, viz Diwali of Hindus, Eid al Milad of Muslims, Gurpurab of Sikhs, and Christmas of Christians, and we decided to celebrate them together.

The inauguration of Ibaadatkhana was at a Unity Dinner held on 8th December 2019 in Fremont, California. Since then, we have been holding regular online webinars with many speakers, to promote our message of communal amity.

In the Ibaadatkhana online webinar, we intend to conduct in mid-April this year we shall have speeches of prominent people of various faiths about how we can move forward in promoting inter-faith harmony, and we also intend to hold an Urdu mushaira-cum-Hindi Kavi Sammelan.

Those interested in knowing further details may contact the chairman of Ibaadatkhana, Tasawar Jalali who lives in San Jose, California, USA at tjalali@gmail.com or tasawarjalali@hotmail.com, the Vice Chairman Irfan Ali who lives in Princeton, New Jersey at irfan79@gmail.com, the Gen Secy Narendra Singh who lives in California at narensingh@yahoo.com, Ritu Jha, the media-in-charge who lives in California at ritunj@gmail.com, or me, the patron, at justicekatju@gmail.com.



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