The Iftar party was co-hosted by Know Your Neighbour, a voluntary organisation working to strengthen inter-faith relationship.

Own Correspondent, TDN World, Kolkata : ” Pranonath bondhu re/ Aporadhi hoilam ami e kon bichare”
(O thou my bosom friend, how I come to be alienated / Say by which judgement)

These are the lines from a famous sufi-song. Mausami Bhowmick sang this song with a melancholic strain, a strain that overtly reflects the distance that is caused between close friends.

This song was originally composed by Pir Majiruddin of Syedpur in Sylhet, was presented in
an inter-faith Iftar Party where residents of Kolkata from different communities participated together.

On Sunday, May 26, Know Your Neighbour, a social organisation co-hosts an inter-faith Iftar Party named as Dosti Ki Iftari.

Imam of a local mosque Maulana Mohammad Ashraf Qasmi stressed from this iftar party on the need of such interfaith dialogues for peaceful and harmonious coexistence in these troubled times. Dwaipayan Banerjee of People’s Film Collective narrated some recent examples from the city when Muslims had difficulties in finding houses in some localities and how interventions by civil society members have helped.

Attendees from different communities, who joined this iftar occasion resolved to stand united. They are of the view that “like family Members, people from different faiths may have differences but we are one!

The 2019 edition of the DostiKiIftari was held at Shadman Palace Wedding Hall in Khidirp.Over 100 people from different walks of life, and belonging to different faiths came together for an inter-faith iftar cum discussions to give the message of peace and harmony.

The annual flagship event of the initiative ‘Know Your Neighbour’ (KYN) was jointly organized by Khidirpur Unit of Social and Welfare Activities, Right Track and Association SNAP.

Since 2016, every Ramzan, KYN organizes the unique Dosti Ki Iftari where local Muslim groups and individuals jointly host non-Muslim friends to break bread and have open discussions with the single purpose of narrowing the gap between different communities.

In attendance this year was senior IPS officer Humayun Kabir, Special Secretary MA&ME Shakil Ahmed, IA&AS Suparna Deb, famous Bengali singer Moushumi Bhowmik, local lad and Bengal actor Rezwan Rabbani Sheikh, several city-based academicians, journalists, activists, academicians, teachers, bureaucrats, students, among others. Several heritage walk enthusiasts also attended this year’s event.

The sole message that all speakers emphasized upon was that in our diverse faiths, languages, cultures we all are one and as responsible citizens, we need to have better relations with our neighbors and fellow citizens.

Know Your Neighbour (KYN) is an initiative aimed at promoting communal harmony in Bengal. We began our journey in 2016 in association with SNAP (Social Network for Assistance to People) Bengal. Since then we have been dedicated to bridging the gap among various communities by facilitating a free exchange of knowledge.