In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the usual community prayers, coming together of families and friends but bustle of Eid markets have been missing. Inams and communities leaders the world over have asked the faithful to abide by Covid guidelines and restrictions throughout Ramzan and Eid.
Eid of course, is all about congregation and expressions of fraternity. In that sense, it is comparable to the Hindu festival of Holi which is about contact and intimacy. However, given the Covid Pandemic raging, such celebrations necessarily have to be subdued and this compliance has not been a problem. A church in Germany opened its doors to Muslim worshippers for Friday namaz as mosques could not accommodate all devotees due to social distancing rules. Here In India, the Vaishno Devi Shrine provided sehri and iftari to over 500 muslims under quarantine, while Sikh volunteers conducted massive sanitisation drive at Delhi’s Jama Masjid. Such examples reinforce the true message of Ramzan and Eid, which is compassion. Such compassion is required more than ever at this moment given the massive economic crises that has been sparked by Covid pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.
That has led to an unprecedented number of job looses-urban and rural unemployment are estimated to be at 22.7% and 25% currently, both unprecedented numbers and a massive exodus of migrant urban workers due to lack of social security. This sombre Eid should sharpen our focus on some of the things that are really important self discipline, helping those less privileged, boosting communal harmony, and striving to be better human beings.
I have always been against Glorifying Over Work and therefore, in the year 2021, I have decided to launch this campaign “Balancing Life”and talk about this wrong practice, that we have been following since last few years. I will be talking to and interviewing around 1 lakh people in the coming 2021 and publish their interview regarding their opinion on glamourising Over Work.
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