As people across the country celebrated the festival of sacrifice, Eid al-Adha with great enthusiasm, Kashmiri Pandits in Gurugram city marked the day with fellow Muslim Kashmiris. The programme was for the people who could not spend time with their relatives residing in northern Jammu and Kashmir province due to abrogation of Article 370.
A special programme organised by Kashmiri Pandit Youths organisation at Wembley Estate Club in sector 50 was attended by all Kashmiri residents.
Dr. Hanif Qureshi, Administrator of Haryana Waqf Board and IGP Law & Order was the chief guest on this occasion. He assured the gathering that the situation in the valley will soon be normalised. While reminiscing memories of Kashmir he said, "It is time for us to stand together and work towards bonhomie between communities. It is the time to share the joy with everyone and treat all as a family."
Unable to go to Kashmir to celebrate Eid, Saqib Khan, Mumbai based lawyer accompanied by his brother Aqib Khan also joined the celebration. Saqib Khan said, "No celebration can be joyous without family. We appreciate the thought behind this, and it makes us feel more connected to our culture and people. It is a difficult time and we must remember that before anything, humanity comes first and we should all cherish that."
People from Kashmir origin were seen enjoying Kashmiri folk songs with a hot cup of 'Kahwa'. Authentic Kashmiri Cuisine such as Yakhni, Rogan josh, Dum Aloo, Goshtaba were served on the occasion.
Ajay Pandita, one of the organiser said, "It is our small step to bridge the gap between the two communities. We understand their pain for not being able to go to their home and celebrate the festival with their family. We always stood by them and consider all Kashmiri as a family. There is hope lies in the future and to make Kashmir real heaven on Earth again."
Delighted to meet people from Kashmir origin, Jaya Kachroo, a resident of Kendriya Vihar said, "There is always something missing in our life and today I am very happy to see people who we left 30 years back. I feel like I finally found my lost son. I pray for peace and prosperity for all."