Actor turned politician, Nusrat Jahan has been invited as a special guest at the inauguration ceremony of Kolkata ISKCON Rathyatra. Iskcon believers felt that her stand on religion and inclusiveness is “in sync” with the Iskcon’s spirit of “social harmony”.
Thanking Nusrat Jahan for accepting the invitation, Iskcon spokesperson Radharaman Das said, the actor represented an “all inclusive India” and was “really showing the road forward”.
Iskcon;s International Soceity for Krishna Consciousness will organise the 48th edition of the Rathayatra will be inaugurated by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
During her oath taking ceremony as the TMC’s MP, Nusrat Jahan, was heavily trolled for wearing vermilion and sporting a ‘mangalsutra’. She reacted by saying that she represents an “inclusive India… which is beyond the barriers of caste, creed and religion.”
The actor and her husband will be present at the inauguration ceremony along with other film stars.
“Nusarat Jahan represents new India… an all-inclusive India. Respect for others religious beliefs and participation in their festivities will make India great again. This is what India stands for and youth like Nusarat Jahan are showing the path forward,” said the Iskcon’s spokesperson.
“Iskcon Kolkata Rathayatra is example of that social harmony where the Lord’s chariots are also built by our Muslim brothers. Some of the most beautiful Lords dresses are also made by our Muslim brothers & they are doing it for decades in some of our temples,” Das had said.
A section of Deoband-based clerics have reportedly issued a ‘fatwa’ (diktat) against the Trinamool Congress lawmaker.
Supporting the actor, Das said fundamentalism and manufactured supremacy must be condemned.
Starting from the city’s Hungerford Street opposite the Iskcon temple at Albert Road, the yatra will move through important thoroughfares of the city to reach Brigade Parade Grounds, where arrangements have been made for the people to have a special darshan of Lord Jagannath till July 11.