Monday 19 December 2016

Work Break to Muslims For Friday Prayers and demanding Vote on Faith

Written by Anil Singh

On Saturday, the Uttarakhand Government Cabinet meet headed by Chief Minister Harish Rawat decided that a special break be given to employees from Muslim community from 12:30 to 2 pm for offering Friday prayers (Actually it will be 30 minutes break, as an hour lunch break is already there between 1-2 PM).

As expected the first question which landed over the Harish Rawat led Congress Government in Uttarakhand came from BJP National spokesperson Nalin Kohli, who said: "What if Hindu community says it needs two hour break for Shiv Puja on Monday or on Tuesday for lord Hanuman?”

Actually Hindus can also ask for such breaks. But the problem is the multitudes of Gods and Goddesses and Gods of every form in Hindu religion. If you see, even Mr. Kohli was not able to name one Puja break or one single day a week.

Arguments apart, we all know the assembly elections in Uttarakhand are down the corner. This means many of these decisions will be seen as partial or illogical. But on the very face value, the decision doesn't seem to directly ask for votes on the name of faith. A more objectionable and direct demand is often made by the BJP, when it says: If you bring us to power, we will create a magnificent Ram Mandir at Ayodhya!


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