Chandigarh/Gurugram, August 12— With a noble intention to make the Kashmiri Muslims feel home away from home, Chief Minister of Punjab, Captain Amarinder Singh hosted 125 Kashmiri students from various universities of the state for lunch to celebrate Eid al-Adha on Monday.
Due to heavy restrictions on communications in Jammu and Kashmir following the abrogation of special status of the state and its division into two Union Territories, thousands of Kashmiris could not go to their home state to celebrate Eid al-Adha.
In order to make these stranded Kashmiris feel home away from home, several individuals and groups announced to celebrate Eid with them.
“We cannot replace your families but I hope you consider us your family too,” Punjab CM Amarinder Singh told around 125 students from various universities in the state at the event at Punjab Bhavan in Chandigarh.
To this, the students said they too considered Punjab their second home, where they had always felt safe.
“Coming here today reminds us of our families,” said Farzana Hafeez, a student, adding till they received the invitation, they had been feeling very lonely, being away from home on Eid.
The Kashmiri students presented the Chief Minister with his portrait, sketched by Abdul Azad, a Fine Arts student of Chandigarh University. The CM gave sweets to the students, says The Indian Express.
In Gurugram in the neighbouring Haryana state, a group of Kashmiri pandits also invited Kashmiri Muslims to Eid lunch. Their gesture won the Internet as several people including prominent personalities like Shabana Azmi shared the news on Twitter with a comment: “Therein lies hope…????”.
A Delhi-based civil group United Against Hate also announced to celebrate Eid with Kashmiri people.
“Let’s spend this Eid with our Kashmiri friends who would miss being with their families this time…” said the group in the invitation posted on social media.