Muslim Performs Durga Puja In This Kolkata Locality

October 14, 2010

Author: Kamalendu Bhadra

Source: The Times of India

Shahid Ali is a Muslim priest who will perform the rituals at a Durga Puja this year. But that's not the only reason we're writing about him. Like the deity he will worship, Shahid and the humble locality he stays in, are a symbol of the victory of good over evil, of humanity over divisive faith and of the secular mind over zealous theocrats. He is also an envoy of the new India — one that has moved well beyond the mandir-masjid dispute.