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Ritika Das & Sajan Kohli | HENB | Dhaka & Karachi | March 21, 2019:: Challenging all odds of Freedom of Religion, the marginal Hindu minorities celebrated the festival of colour, Holi with much fervour, across Islamic Bangladesh and Islamic Pakistan two neighbouring countries of India.
In Bangladesh, where Holi is also known as Dol Purnima, Hindus were seen celebrating in various parts of the country, including the capital city Dhaka.
According t0 The Daily Star+, the festival started on Wednesday and will continue throughout Thursday.
Devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna were recited at the Dhakeswari National Temple at 7 am today. Abir (known as Gulal in northern India) – coloured powder – was offered at the feet of the idols of Radha and Krishna as well as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, the saint of the 15th Bhakti movement who brought a revival of Hinduism during the Mughal era.
After the sacraments, Hindu devotees smeared colours on each other.
Apart from Dhakeswari National Temple, Mahanagar Sarbajanin Puja Committee organised worshiping and Kirton (devotional songs) in the morning, reports The Daily Star.
BSS reports that the surroundings of Dhakeswari Temple wore a festive look with hundreds of youths joining in the celebrations cutting across religious lines in this Muslim-majority country.
On the other hand, the top leadership in Pakistan, including Prime Minister Imran Khan, greeted the minority Hindu community in the country on Holi, as Geo Tv reported+.
Khan and other prominent leaders in this Islamic Republic had on Wednesday posted wishes on Twitter and prayed for peace.
“Wishing our Hindu community a very happy and peaceful Holi, the festival of colours,” he tweeted.
PPP chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari shared photos of him playing Holi with the Hindu community.
“Happy Holi to all my Hindu brothers & sisters. On the happy occasion of Holi, let us spread the wonderful massage of peace and happiness,” he wrote on Twitter.
Holi was celebrated in Pakistan on 20 March in Karachi, Peshawar and some other parts of the country.
A section of media influenced by Al Taqiya (religious deception in Islam) is propagating to disseminate the message of religious freedom of minority Hindus Bangladesh or Pakistan in this session of Holi like earlier occasions that they are free to celebrate their religious festivity without any hurdles.
As, a matter of fact, the minority Hindus are facing various threats including matters concerned religious rights and their numbers have been decreased heavily as 2% in Islamic Pakistan against the 14% highest existence of Hindus in 1947. In Islamic Bangladesh Hindus came down to 8% from its 23% existence in 1971.
Minority Hindu Organisations are fighting in both the countries to retain their culture and heritage fighting against all challenges. Islamic Govt in both the countries always try to take the help of media to preach that minorities are happy there with their way of life and festivity. But, it’s the fuss of bitter truth.