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Bid to enhance communal harmony through books

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SILCHAR, July 19 - Lack of religious knowledge leads to misconception about other religions. Keeping this in mind, Prof Sabbir Ahmed Choudhury, a resident of Bagha Bazar under Dholai constituency of Cachar district, took an initiative to come up with a single-room library inside the Jame Masjid, the main mosque of the locality that has a collection of around 300 titles of all religions.

Sharing his views on the library with The Assam Tribune, Prof Choudhury who is the Head of Department of English at Madhav Chandra Das College of Sonai constituency said, �People from two religions have been staying together for years together and yet there have been umpteen number conflicts and chaos. None of us have made persistent efforts to learn the rich culture contained in our literatures which triggered the idea of a library. I decided to open the library inside the mosque and the journey started in 2012. Besides Islamic books and scriptures, there are Vedas, Upanishads and books of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The library also has a Bible.�

Prof Choudhury, who is also the secretary of the mosque said that while there is considerable rush of readers of all ages in the library during the month of Ramzan, people read the books almost throughout the year. The library has been the result of the contributions made by the people of nearby areas, he added.

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Bid to enhance communal harmony through books

SILCHAR, July 19 - Lack of religious knowledge leads to misconception about other religions. Keeping this in mind, Prof Sabbir Ahmed Choudhury, a resident of Bagha Bazar under Dholai constituency of Cachar district, took an initiative to come up with a single-room library inside the Jame Masjid, the main mosque of the locality that has a collection of around 300 titles of all religions.

Sharing his views on the library with The Assam Tribune, Prof Choudhury who is the Head of Department of English at Madhav Chandra Das College of Sonai constituency said, �People from two religions have been staying together for years together and yet there have been umpteen number conflicts and chaos. None of us have made persistent efforts to learn the rich culture contained in our literatures which triggered the idea of a library. I decided to open the library inside the mosque and the journey started in 2012. Besides Islamic books and scriptures, there are Vedas, Upanishads and books of Sarat Chandra Chatterjee, Rabindra Nath Tagore, Bankim Chandra Chatterjee, Ramakrishna Paramhansa, Swami Vivekananda and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The library also has a Bible.�

Prof Choudhury, who is also the secretary of the mosque said that while there is considerable rush of readers of all ages in the library during the month of Ramzan, people read the books almost throughout the year. The library has been the result of the contributions made by the people of nearby areas, he added.

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