Mus­lim girl wor­shipped at Kolkata puja

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Times Nation - Ajanta Chakrabort­y & Kr­ishna Roy

Kolkata: Tak­ing the theme of com­mu­nal amity be­yond plat­i­tudes, a Mus­lim girl was one among five “ku­maris” wor­shipped as liv­ing in­car­na­tions of the god­dess at a Durga Puja in Kolkata’s Salt Lake town­ship dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tions that ended on Tues­day.

Five-year-old Alia Parveen’s par­ents ad­mit­ted to be­ing taken aback when her teach­ers sought their per­mis­sion last week to have her par­tic­i­pate in the Kumari Puja rit­u­als on Ash­tami as a “liv­ing god­dess”.

The re­quest had come from Bid­han­na­gar Ra­makr­ishna Vivekanand­a Ken­dra in DD Block, which wanted to walk the talk rather than just pay lip ser­vice to the idea of an in­clu­sive cel­e­bra­tion.

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