The present decade has shown a new India to the entire world and its citizens, a country which was never dreamt about by the great Freedom Fighters who have laid down their lives for its independence and the Constitution Makers. We are experiencing a virtual rift amongst its people on the basis of religion. Unfortunately, we have seen in the past decade what was never dreamt about of this country like the lynching of Muslims, the lynching of people for their food habits, assaults on young people in love with someone from other religion, people supporting accused of Rape considering the religion of the victim and the accused, the demonization of all historical figures who were Muslims.
The year 2020 is furthermore strange. The entire world is faced with unprecedented Pandemic caused by COVID-19 Virus, while, the world was busy in the invention of the Medicines and Vaccine to cure humanity, Indian Media has engaged itself to prove that this Infection is being spread by the Muslims titling it to be “Corona Jihad”. Messages and Videos were circulated on Social Media to further demonize the entire community, several communal Organisations tried to convince the people to not to deal with Muslim Vendors, the Nation saw a Dean of Medical Institute expressing herself why Muslims should not be treated.
In this dark era for humanity, a Ray of Hope is shown by Shri. Vilas Ranasubhe of Shramik Pratishthan, Kolhapur, while, most of us were busy in the vilification of Muslims, he had the courage of publishing a Booklet after conducting a survey of entire Maharashtra by the title “Corona, Muslimanni Hindunna Keleli Madat”.
I couldn’t believe my eyes that in these troubled times someone can write on such a subject. First of all, I express my gratitude to Shri. Ransubhe and congratulate Shramik Pratishthan, Kolhapur for publishing this Book.
Shri. Ransubhe collected detailed information with data about the Charitable Work done by Muslim individuals and Associations for the humanity in the Pandemic period, he had meticulously worked on getting information from various Districts, noted down notable incidences that occurred at Pune, Mumbai, Kolhapur, Akola, Nagpur, etc. wherein Muslims have cremated Dead Bodies of Hindus strictly following the religious rites as prescribed under Hindu religion.
The Book recognised the other work of the community like making available Masjid Halls for Quarantine Centres, providing Food Grains and other essentials, Blood Donation, etc.
I wish the Book should reach all and such attempts for National Unity be appreciated. I once again congratulate Shri. Vilas Ransubhe and Shramik Pratishthan, Kolhapur.
This book has left me with an important question, “Is it necessary to have Pandemic for reminding us that we are fellow citizens and brethren?”
By Advocate Firdos Mirza
Practising Advocate, Nagpur Bench of Bombay High Court