August 7, 2016
The heads of various NGOs, educational institutions, and corporate houses came together under one roof to celebrate Eid. This is the fourth year that the Coimbatore chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind is hosting an inter-religious Eid get-together. Nearly one-hundred people participated in this year’s event.
Speaking to Covai Post, S. Mohammed Aneez, media secretary of the Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Coimbatore, said, “The idea to host such an event is to promote peace and harmony among the people of our city. Festivals and special occasions bring people of different walks of life together. The Muslim community observed the holy month of Ramadan and celebrated Eid recently. We thought we can use this opportunity to strengthen the bonds of brotherhood among people. So we invited important people from various religions as guests for this Eid get-together.”
Appreciating the efforts of the Coimbatore chapter of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Krishnaraja Vanavarayar, Chairman of Bharathiya Vidhya Bhavan School, said, “This get-together is the true miniature India, where people from different religions and walks of life coexist. We need more such events that celebrate the spirit of brotherhood. Such events will also strengthen the bonds of friendship and brotherhood among the various communities.”
Throughout the event, Anusha Ravi, CEO of Park College of Engineering, was full of energy and enthusiasm. She was positive that such events will go a long way in promoting communal harmony. Padmashri Krishnakumar Vaariyar, Chancellor of Avinashilingam University, said that more such events are needed in the future. “Every religion and community celebrates an event and a special occasion. It will be nice if all the communities host such inter-religious meets to celebrate their festivals,” he said.
M. Manickam, chairman of Sakthi Groups; Vanitha Mohan, managing trustee of Siruthuli; CR Swaminathan, president of RAAC; Nandakumar, president of the Indian Chamber of Commerce; and Gurdeep Singh Anand, secretary of TASK, were among those who attended the Eid get-together.