By Imran Inamdar | Muslim Mirror
Solapur (Maharashtra): High profile and glamorous Iftar parties mostly attended by political personalities or Bollywood stars have become very common in India, but this Iftar party has its own significance because it was organised exclusively for a primary Urdu school students who are fasting in the holy month of Ramzan.
In fact Mr.Harish Baijal had invited students on Tuesday to have a look into the bird world he created at his home as Mr. Baijal is obsessed with birds.
While interacting with kids he observed that majority of them were fasting as it’s the holy month of Ramadan. He was very impressed by the religious this practice of kids, that day only then he decided to arrange an iftar party for them at his place.
He hosted a well organised Iftar very next day, which was followed by Azan (prayer call) and salah (namaaz/prayer) performed by the children at the commissioner’s venue.
Addressing the gathering Mr.Harish Baijal said “Respect and justice for every religion is a true patriotism”.
While speaking to Muslim Mirror Mr. Harish said, I am a great bird lover , have nearly 100 birds of various breeds, hence I invite school students to enjoy the company of birds and get closer to beauty of nature. He said that number of English medium, Marathi medium and Govt. bodies run school children visited my bird sanctuary. But Urdu schools were not in the visitors’ list. After expressing concern during a function, Social Urdu school Head Master Asif Iqbal contacted me for the same purpose and we welcomed him with his staff and students.
I love to spend time with children and it’s an effective way to establish direct contact with the society, Mr.Baijal added further.
The headmaster of the said school Asif Iqbal lauded the initiative of the city police commissioner.
He said, the IPS has set a great example and showed us how to respect and love other religions, which can remove misconceptions among people and it leads to a powerful and secular country.
Asif further said, Iftar was very nicely hosted, all the arrangements were done beautifully, we were overwhelmed with hospitality of top brass officers, I must say that officers like Baijal sir give strength to secular fabric of our beloved nation and spread brotherhood.
Two little attendees of the CP sir’s Iftar Mantasha Imran Shaikh and Arman Qazi shared their wonderful experience with police officers to Muslim Mirror.
They said that we were seeing police officers in uniform so close for the first time, commissioner sir was very polite with us, he served Iftar eatables, showed us his birds and explained the importance of Nature.
Mr.Hairsh Baijal is originally from Jalna Dist.of Maharashtra and he is a 2005 batch IPS officer.