A day after Id-ul-Fitr was celebrated peacefully across the city, the Jumma Masjid Trust Board made another attempt at calming frayed nerves by organising Id Milap.
The event, organised in Bangalore on Tuesday, had a special focus on people from the northeast. Religious leaders across faiths and prominent personalities participated in the event. The audience mainly comprised students from the northeast studying in city colleges.
Anwar Sharieff, chairman of the Trust Board, spoke on the reason behind organising the event. He said: “Owing to baseless rumours (resulting in the exodus), our northeast brothers and sisters are disturbed. Karnataka is known for peace and harmony and Islam is a religion of peace.”
Chenna Malla Swami of the Nidumamidi Samsthana Math said that no one was a second-class citizen in India.
“It is everyone’s responsibility to see that no one feels this way.” He added that the present situation was temporary.
Along Aier, a student from Nagaland, appreciated “the platform.” Another student, Penmila Vashun from Manipur, said she never had any fear despite the widespread rumours. “I have several Muslim friends and they reassured me all along that we would not be harmed.”