Mysuru, August 1:- To mark Bakrid and World Friendship Day, Janani Seva Trust had organised a programme at Milad Park in Meena Bazar on Saturday (August 1). Muslims and Hindus tied friendship bands to spread the message of peace, friendship and harmony. Mayor Tasleem Bano was part of the initiative.
Speaking after the function, Tasleem Bano said, “Though coronavirus cases are increasing in the city, there is no need to worry. The administration is taking all the possible measures to control the pandemic.”
Talking on Bakrid, the Mayor opined, “It is a festival of sacrifice. Muslims celebrate the festival with fervour.”
Vengipura Mutt’s Ilai Alvar Swamiji said, “Friendship has a special meaning and it is invaluable. From the days of Krishna-Sudhama and Amar, Akbar, Anthony, friendship has a noble place. It is a symbol of brotherhood, harmony and love.”
Speaking on the occasion, Janani Trust president M K Ashok said, “To delete a lesson on former Mysuru ruler Tipu Sultan from the 7th standard textbooks is not in good taste. Tipu fought against the British rule and sacrificed his life. If the BJP leaders want to read the lesson, they can otherwise leave it. But it is fallacious to say Tipu was communal who disliked the Hindus. We should see him as a historical leader and that is what should be taught in schools.”
He added, “The BJP state government is trying to saffronise textbooks. Children should know our history without any distortion. Being narrow-minded doesn’t help us. The state BJP government should shelve any plan to drop any lesson on Tipu Sultan.”
S N Rajesh and Rakesh Kuchitiga and others were present on the occasion. (MR/KS)