Kolkata|| IndiaToday : The West Bengal government has made it mandatory for government libraries across the state to celebrate the day. According to a new order by the state Directorate of Library Services, more than 2000 state libraries across West Bengal have been instructed to observe “Nabi Diwas” as part of a host of events to be observed throughout the year.
The order dated January 11, 2017 states that of the 51 events mentioned by the government, Fateha Dwaz Daham (or Eid-ud-Milad-un-Nabi ) must be observed to mark the birth of Prophet Muhammad in state-run libraries.
Accordingly, it will be celebrated on December 2 this year. The state library department will grant an amount of Rs 1000 to every library for each of these individual events and libraries are “free to mobilise local resources” for the purpose, states the order.
Of the 51 events, the government order also states that there shall be “cultural programme on the occasion of Saraswati puja”. Other events such as Christmas, Good Friday, Buddha Purnima, Guru Nanak’s birthday, Rakhi Bandhan, Id Ul Fitre, Id-Ud-Joha along with Independence Day and Republic Day will also be observed at state libraries as per the new order.
BJP goes insane over the Order
Meanwhile The BJP as well as right-wing groups have gone insane and heavily criticised the decision alleging that there was no precedent of Nabi Diwas celebration at libraries and that it was yet another step at minority appeasement.”Bengal is on its way to becoming the next Bangladesh. So Nabi Diwas and Iftar parties will happen but chances are that Durga puja and Saraswati Puja will be stopped. This is our biggest worry. It is due to such blatant appeasement politics that communal tension is on the rise in Bengal,” BJP state president Dilip Ghosh claimed.
However West Bengal Mass Education & Library Services minister Siddiqullah Chowdhury has rubbished the opposition charge. “What is the problem if Nabi Diwas is celebrated?” Chowdhury questioned adding that his department had also instructed that birthdays of stalwarts like Rabindranath Tagore and Subhash Chandra Bose be observed among many such days that have been selected.