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No Sadbhavna: Gujarat govt. denies Eid holiday

Ahmedabad: Shouting sadbhavna in words from rooftops, the Gujarat government denied Eid holidays to Muslim employees and students putting them to a lot of inconvenience. Not only government offices but even schools, colleges and courts were open compelling Muslim employees and students to report for attendance. Students who applied for leave (for their absence) were penalised with fines. Mid-day meals prepared for students could not be consumed because the students had absented themselves on Eid day. Thus a huge quantity of cooked meals was wasted.

It is interesting to note that while the High Court had the foresight to declare Monday as holiday for Eid, sessions court continued to work forcing several Muslim litigants either to report on Eid day or plead for posteponement.
 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 October 2012 on page no. 14

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